Congratulations to our UQ colleagues on being recognised for outstanding contribution towards scientific advancement related to Down Syndrome. 2017 World Down Syndrome Day Awards On Tuesday 14 March 2017, ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday 21 March, Down … Read More
What is Latch-On?
Latch-On™ (Literacy and Technology Hands-On) is an innovative literacy program that transforms the lives of young adults with intellectual disabilities. The program provides opportunities for these young adults to continue their literacy development in a post-secondary school environment, using computer technology to enhance literacy, self-confidence, independence and work placement opportunities.
Latch-On is uniquely positioned to deliver literacy outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities, as we believe "everyone is a learner with ideas worth communicating" and are passionate about creating communities of practice for lifelong learning.
Latch-On incorporates a number of special features activities that are both developmentally and socially appropriate to assist adults with intellectual disabilities to remain active. These special features set it apart from other literacy programs developed.
Talking, listening, viewing, shaping, and using technology are now included in our contemporary understandings of literacy. The focus is on multi-literacies as we 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.
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Students attend Latch-On classes two to three days a week, for two years. The program is challenging but life changing. We are nearing the end of the year, which means it is almost graduation time for our 2015 cohort. We throw it back to … Read More
There have been many reasons to celebrate literacy this month with Literacy and Numeracy Week, Adult Learning Week and now the International Literacy Day. We believe literacy is more than just reading and writing. The Latch-On program specifically focuses on … Read More
Your students are special and so are you. This week we have celebrated on Twitter (come say hello @latchonprogram) the 17th National Literacy and Numeracy Week, here in Australia. This year, they encouraged the community to get involved and participate … Read More
Latch-On is much more than just a literacy program. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a community of practice that goes beyond the classroom. The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is “Youth Civic Engagement”. What … Read More
“When Peter Nolan finished formal education at the age of 18, he discovered there were not a lot of options available to him.” Ailin Quinlan from the Independent.ie paper writes on the success of Latch-On with Down Syndrome Ireland. … Read More
UniQuest is the main commercialisation company of the University of Queensland (UQ). The company helps University researchers get their research to the market to transform lives, just like Latch-On has been doing for over 15 years. From life sciences to … Read More
If you are reading this article, it means you have some intentions of becoming a Partner. Or if you are a parent you are very interested in spreading the word about Latch-On to your local community to get the Program … Read More
Latch-On is now one of the best literacy programs for people with intellectual disabilities. Latch-On (short for Literacy and Technology Hands-On) received an honourable mention award in the 2014 Best Community Engagement category by the Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT). … Read More
The International Literacy Association (ILA) is looking for the Future of Literacy. Let’s celebrate our community of practice and nominate your Literacy Leader now! According to ILA, you can nominate any Latch-On educators, administrators, authors, librarians, students, nonprofit leaders, politicians, … Read More
Exciting news! EPALE (ePlatform for Adult Learning in Europe) is now featuring the Latch-On program in Europe as a literacy program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Latch-On can be found under the following themes of the platform: social inclusion, literacy … Read More
This article is inspired by Joelle Kelly, mother of three children with Down Syndrome. She recently wrote about why she does not like the word “disability” on her Facebook page. Sure enough her message was quickly shared on The Mighty … Read More