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Ireland - first EU Country to run Latch On Programme

by Emma Grainger
Language: EN
Document available also in: LT

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

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 to find out more


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  • Anne Bannister's picture
    Thank you for featuring Latch-On on your website! We are very proud of this award-winning literacy program. Latch-On has been transforming the lives of young adults with intellectual disabilities since 1998. To anyone reading this comment: feel free to contact us at if you are interested in teaching the Program in your local area :) - Alex
  • Ivanna D'Arcy's picture

    Wonderful programme with great outcomes

  • Anne Bannister's picture
    Thank you Ivanna!