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Jan 10
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by Jess

It is challenging to select a fitting assistive technology, especially when it must serve multiple people with a variety of special needs. A newly developed product really stands out in creating a near customized fit. I noticed this benefit after having the pleasure of meeting Brea, a bright and witty 9-year-old with congenital limb deficiencies. She was born without three limbs, and with an extraordinary sense of courage and determination.

Minutes after introducing her to SmartEd Services’ Touch Accessible Platform for Interactive Technology, TAP∙it™, Brea showed me how this accessible device could engage students and help them develop new skills. Brea drove her motorized wheelchair directly up to TAP∙it. With the touch of a button, I easily adjusted the interactive workstation’s height and tilted the 42” LCD monitor to accommodate her reach, enabling Brea to interact with every portion of the screen. Later, when Brea modeled her new prosthetic legs, we repositioned TAP∙it’s screen to just inches away from the floor.

TAP∙it uses Intended Touch technology, which means it recognizes the difference between purposeful and accidental interactions with the screen. This allowed Brea to rest her hand on the LCD panel for support as I demonstrated how to use various software programs on that same interactive screen. I found that any software I could use on my computer could just as easily be used on this touch-sensitive platform.

The interactive workstation responds to a variety of stylists, like:

  • Pointers
  • Mouth Sticks
  • Head Pointers
  • Switches/Scanners
  • Balls
  • On-Screen Keyboards 

The Touch Accessible Platform for Interactive Technology serves a wide range of students’ special needs. It provides multiple modes of learning to fulfill the needs of tactile, visual and auditory learners, as well as those with: 

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Down Syndrome
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Vision & Hearing Disabilities
  • Sensory Processing Disorder

Wheels that spin a full 360* allow a single person to easily move TAP∙it from the classroom to the physical or occupational therapy room. The wide base, tilt angles, and height adjustment capabilities make it wheelchair accessible and provide greater access to learners with:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury

TAP∙it truly helps lay the groundwork for success. The customizable design allows students like Brea to focus on what matters most, their lessons. It was amazing to witness Brea’s excitement for hands-on learning with TAP∙it. To learn more about this breakthrough technology and see the difference it can make for an individual in your life, visit the TAP∙it website: http://www.teachsmart.org/tapit/index.html

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