Latch-On Project


Literacy & Technology Hands On (Latch-On) is two-year literacy programme for adults with Down syndrome. 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 programme provides opportunities for adults with Down syndrome to commence and continue their literacy development. In recent years, individuals with Down syndrome have achieved levels of literacy that were once regarded by society as unattainable (Moni, Jobling, Lloyd Morgan & Mann, 2012). Such achievements have been possible because of an increased recognition of the need to maintain literacy as part of lifelong learning.

Latch-On is a four module literacy programme taught twice weekly over two years by a qualified teacher who has been accredited to teach the programme. The teacher is assisted by a tutor (class of 6 students or less) or two tutors (class of 7-12 students). The maximum class size is 12 students.

Down Syndrome Ireland is running Latch-On programmes across all four provinces; we have twelve teaching sites nationwide.

Ireland is the first European country to acquire a license to run Latch-On.

The new sites for 2017/2018 are as follows:

2017 / 2018 Latch- On-Site Locations 

Latch-On – year 1

  • Naas, Co. Kildare

Latch-On, year 2 teaching sites at –

  • Athboy Co. Meath
  • Cabinteely, Dublin
  • – Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • – Castletroy, Co. Limerick

Year 3 Latch-On & MOTE year 1 site – 

– Waterford

Year 4 Latch-On &  Year 2 MOTE

  • Tralee, Co. Kerry

Naas, Co. Kildare

MOTE Class

  • Dublin, Carmellite Centre, Whitefriar Street

Year 6 – Literacy Maintenance Programme

– Naas, Co. Kildare

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