Steve Jacobs, president of IDEAL Group, is dedicated to enhancing the accessibility of STEM curriculum for students with disabilities. IDEAL Group offers software that translates printed STEM materials into digital formats for conversion into speech and Braille. The company also developed fully-accessible STEM-enabled eBook reading software. Over the past 3-1/2 years, Steve’s IDEAL Group has become one of the world’s largest developers of mobile accessibility applications, with five million installations in 136 countries. Steve is also working with many institutions to tech-transfer their STEM-related work to mobile platforms. These institutions include Smith-Kettlewell’s Video Description R&D Center, University of Oregon’s Mathematics eText Research Center, and Georgia Tech wireless RERC and sonification lab.
Steve is a 1973 graduate of Ohio State University -- he and wife Pauline have been married for 37 years. The couple has two daughters, Shana and Jessica, and a granddaughter Brooke Christine -- Steve’s boss.
Steve Jacobs is being honored as a Champion of Change for leading education and employment efforts in science, technology, engineering and math for Americans with disabilities.