Articles for 2017

History of IDEAL Group and its Subsidiary Companies

In September of 1991, NCR Corporation was acquired by AT&T. NCR was re-named “AT&T Global Information Solutions.” Around that time, a group of AT&T employees (mostly engineers) formed an AT&T New Jersey-based not-for-profit corporation called IDEAL at AT&T. IDEAL was an acronym that represented Individuals with Disabilities Enabling Advocacy Link. One of IDEAL’s objectives was to [...]

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Steve Jacobs Bio

Steve Jacobs has been a member of the high-tech industry since the mid ’70s. Steve is President of IDEAL Group, Inc. and CEO of Apps4Android, Inc., one of several IDEAL Group companies. IDEAL Group is a 2002 spin-off from IDEAL at NCR Corporation where Steve served as President until his retirement at the end of [...]

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Speech2RTT® Communicator

Speech2RTT® Communicator, an IDEAL Group innovation, is an Android-based mobile app that offers all of the above, and more, on most Android smart phones. Speech2RTT® Communicator handles all of the following processes, locally, on your smart phone: Speech Recognition/Transcription/Error Correction; Immediate, real-time, streaming of the resulting text; and Two-way real-time text communications. Speech2RTT® Communicator enables people [...]

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Introducing uCaption, an IDEAL Group Innovation

uCaption is a speech-driven, real-time, closed caption streaming and correction infrastructure. It is the final result of a long development cycle that began at the Trace Center in the 1990s, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The R&D project continued into the 2010’s through a collaboration between Trace and IDEAL Group with funding from the [...]

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This App Is Making Online Dating Better For People With Disabilities

Kathryn Lindsay For better or worse, online dating is all about putting on an act. You hand-pick your photos and traits to balance what best represents you and how you want to present yourself to the Tinder-verse. However, for new dating app, Glimmer, it’s all about honesty — especially when it comes to disabilities. “A lot [...]


UAEU students developing gesture control technologies to help people with disabilities

Melanie Swan AL AIN // Technology that can help people with disabilities by using body movements to control artificial limbs and other devices is being developed at UAE University. Smart Gesture Control and Recognition Technology – similar to technology used in gaming – is designed to give the elderly and those with physical disabilities greater [...]


Dyslexics learn to get support, take charge of their lives

By Pam Adams   PEORIA – By sixth grade, Katelyn Kocher had a standard greeting for every teacher at the beginning of every school year. “Hi, I’m Katelyn. I’m dyslexic. I have a 504 plan, have you read it and do you have any questions?” she’d ask, referring to the medically-approved plan that lays out how [...]


Lawsuit Fights for 911 to Accept Texts from the Disabled

Text-to-911 technology is currently being used by 11 out of 62 counties in New York and a dozen states across the nation. BY CHAU LAM, NEWSDAY (RYAN WHISENHUNT) (TNS) — Two New Yorkers with disabilities who are unable to communicate with 911 operators by telephone have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Brooklyn, alleging [...]


High-Level IDEAL Group Projects

Trump Administration Developed demonstration telecom app in support of the FCC’s mandated migration from TTY to RTT Technology. Speech2RTT® Communicator Obama Administration Developed a Digital Talking eBook Reader and helped produce accessible STEM educational content in support of schools across the country. Bush Administration: 54th Inauguration Technology Project Integrated technology into George W. Bush’s Inauguration [...]

The technology sector could make or break disability inclusion

By Catherine Cheney catherinecheney Advocates for disability rights want to see a greater commitment to disability inclusion in product development as well as global development. Photo by: Exchanges Photos / CC BY-NC-ND One of the criticisms of the technology industry is that, by focusing on products and platforms, it has forgotten about people. Advocates for disability rights are adding [...]

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