Underscoring its commitment to provide K-12 and Higher Education dealers with the latest cutting-edge assistive learning solutions, Stampede Presentations Products, Inc., the industry’s largest value-added distributor of ProAV solutions, today announced that it has been named the exclusive North American distributor of the TAPA·itA® (Touch Accessible Platform Interactive Technology) Assistive Learning Platform.
The TAPA·it platform is the first ADA compliant interactive learning station designed to differentiate between an accidental touch or arm resting on the screen and an intentional screen-tap by a finger or assistive device. The platform provides an optimal learning interface for students with special needs to operate at their own pace, including those students with physical disabilities, fine motor delays, visual or hearing impairments or developmental delays. The TAPA·it touch accessible interactive learning platform is a transformative tool for therapists and educators, and supports shared occupational therapy and academic goals by minimizing barriers and maximizing flexibility by adapting to a person’s individual needs.
“We are proud to bring this groundbreaking assistive learning technology to our dealer partners in the K-12 and Higher Education markets,” Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly said today. “The availability of this remarkable platform completely reinvigorates the ways in which classroom technology is deployed to help those students who need creative solutions in their learning environments.”
With the touch of a button, the TAPA·it platform can move up or down and the 42″ interactive LCD panel can be tilted from 0 – 90 degrees, to be brought within reach for people using wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices. These adjustments make the TAPA·it platform infinitely more accessible to physically challenged students and their instructors or therapists than stationary wall-mounted boards.
Recognizing the challenges of classroom environments, the TAPA·it platform’s commercial grade LCD panel is made of shatter-resistant safety glass; is impervious to dust, grit, grime or other contaminants; and its screen technology, used by the military, is repurposed exclusively for the TAPA·it platform, and resists marks and scratches. Mobility is essential for educators or therapists who may use the TAPA·it platform in multiple classroom or therapy environments, so the TAPA·it platform can be easily rolled to desired locations, and the workstation is kept secure and stable with commercial grade locking casters. The field-tested platform is counter-balanced, so even if a person leans his or her full body weight against it, the TAPA·it platform will not tip.
Not only is the TAPA·it platform compatible with virtually every educational and assistive software program being used on classroom computers, it improves the user-experience in a number of ways. The large, touch-sensitive screen supports the use of on-screen keyboards or voice recognition for typing; switch/scanning for mouse control or cause/effect programs; screen readers for text to speech capabilities; and screen magnification programs. TAPA·it can also be used with Tool Factory’s special education software bundles, Claro Software’s assistive speech and imaging programs, and Daydream Interactive Content Packs’ curriculum-based content and ready-made interactive activity software.
For more information about the TAPA·it Assistive Learning Platform, including demonstration videos and user testimonials, please visit
What’s more, according to Kelly, the TAPA·it Assistive Learning Platform will be showcased at all of the upcoming stops on the Spring 2013 Big Book of AV Tour, presenting dealers with the opportunity to experience the unique capabilities offered by this platform. The next stops on the Big Book of AV Tour are scheduled to take place on May 9, 2013 in Montreal, Canada, and in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 16, 2013.
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, NY-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution-based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 1000-page catalog and companion website (
) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto
Photos of the TAPA·it Assistive Learning Platform are available for download