Sampling of City, State and Other Grants

  1. Initiative on the New Economy (INE) Program
    Dates: 6/01/03 – 06/01/07
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Funded
    Objective: studied how computers, the Internet, and other information technologies (IT) can increase the quality of life and employment of Canadians with disabilities in the knowledge-driven new economy. Topics of focus included; Passages to Employment; Communication Difficulties in the Workplace and Related Environmental Factors; Successful Work Entry for Persons with Disabilities: Workplace Perspectives, and Employment Support for Disabled Persons: Policy and Outcomes.
  2. Open Source, Accessible, Talking eBook Reader
    Dates: 10/1/2010 – 9/31/2011
    Ohio Board of Regents Funded
    Objective: Develop an open source, accessible, talking eBook reader
  3. Advanced, Accessible, Mobile Web Browser
    Dates: 10/1/2010 – 9/31/2011
    Ohio Board of Regents Funded
    Objective: Develop an advanced, accessible, mobile web browser
  4. The C.S. Mott Foundation and NEC Foundation of America:
    Co-authored “National Task Force on Technology and Disability report entitled, “Within Our Reach” [2004]
  5. Clinton White House: Implemented an Internet resource center in support of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton International Leadership Forum for women with Disabilities, which took place on June 15-20, 1997 in Washington, DC. A collaboration of the World Institute on Disability, Rehabilitation International, and Mobility International USA, the forum brought together over 600 women representing 80 countries.
  6. Clinton White House: Developed and presented technology in support of President Clinton’s Digital Divide Tour:
  7. Clinton White House:Developed and published a Digital Talking Book in support of a reception held at the residence of Vice President Gore.
  8. Clinton White House: Developed and demonstrated accessible technology at President Clinton’s 53rd Inauguration technology exhibition.
  9. Clinton White House: Integrated advanced technology into President Clinton‘s 53rd Presidential Inauguration Program Book.
  10. Bush White House: Integrated technology into George W. Bush’s 54th Inauguration Program and Guidebook. The project repurposed technology being used by the Israeli military to come up with a method that enables a person who is blind to scan 77 pages of text… with only one pass of a scanner, with 100% accuracy.
    54th Program Book (See Page 32)
    54th Guide Book (See Page 77)
    Edgar Online: Bush Presidential Inauguration Publications Use High-Tech Code
    IDEAL at NCR and Intacta Technologies, Inc. Demonstrate New Accessibility Technology
  11. Bush White House: Hosted the 54th eNaugural Ball Webcast:
    East Room Reception Photos with Cabinet Members:
  12. Obama White House: Educate to Innovate STEM Initiative for Students with Disabilities:
    NASA, GIT Funded
    White House Reception:
  13. AT&T Bell Labs: From 1990-1994 Steve Jacobs served as Chairman of AT&T Project Freedom. It was during this time that Steve’s engineering group pioneered the development and use of interactive video technology for sign-language communications over telephones.  This technology is now referred to Video Relay Services (VRS). What follows is a link to a video of Project Freedom’s first pilot test.  This video captures a gathering of students from Horace Mann Montesory School for the Deaf using ASL to communicate with each other over telephones, for the first time in history. This video also contains video footage of Alexander Graham Bell.
    An AT&T Bell Labs Video: The Birth of Video Relay Services (VRS):