Ms Amy Purcell is a Latch-On graduate, who was enrolled in and completed the program with our delivery partner, Down Syndrome Ireland. In their own words, Amy and her family describe the powerful impact that the program has had on … 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.