Lifelong Learning 2013

wdsd-logo-smlThis World Down Syndrome Day* (21st March 2013), we will celebrate lifelong learning. In particular we will celebrate our innovative adult literacy programme.

21 March 2013 marks the 8th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) , a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more we can do

Literacy & Technology Hands On (Latch-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 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 offered to adults with an intellectual disability. The programme is taught twice weekly over two years by a qualified teacher who has been accredited to teach the programme. The teacher is assisted by two tutors. The maximum class size is 12 students. .

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

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

On Thursday the 21st of March, we will launch our official Latch-On documentary during our World Down Syndrome Day celebrations.

Keep an eye on our facebook page for further updates.

* 21 March 2013 marks the 8th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) , a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012