Ireland is the first European country to acquire a license to run the Latch-On programme. The progamme (Literacy & Technology Hands On) is two-year literacy programme for adults with intellectual disability. Latch-On was initiated and developed at the school of education at the University of Queensland and has a strong foundation in educational research and practice. The focus is in multi-literacies which recognise that the learner needs to engage with texts in print, oral and multi-media domains, in a wide range of contexts, for different purposes in order to understand the world in which they live and to develop literacy skills across the lifespan.
The programme provides opportunities for adults with Down syndrome to commence and continue their literacy development. Down Syndrome Ireland is running Latch-On programmes across Ireland in thirteen teaching sites. Their message is that everyone is a learner with ideas worth communicating and it is the recognition of this which frames Latch-On teaching and learning activities. Watch here to see one participant, Amy share her experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-YWsiMjHcQ
Adults with Down syndrome are as diverse as other groups of adult learners in terms of their interests, previous learning experiences, abilities and aspirations. The Latch-On programme therefore, highlights integrated activities for students with emergent as well as more developed skills. Visit www.latch-on.net to find out more