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).
“A truly innovative evidence-based literacy program”
Latch-On has been described as “a truly innovative evidence-based literacy program”. Latch-On emphasises on the social contexts of literacy. This means that the Program has been designed for students to apply their improved and new literacy, numeracy and technology skills for their own purposes and in their everyday lives: social communication, information-seeking, and recreation to name a few.
For example, Amy really wanted to be able to read a book to her little nephew and wanted to be able to read menus in restaurants herself (without the help of her mum or sister because she said it was “embarrassing” to have to ask every single time). After a few weeks of attending her Latch-On class she was able to do so, and more. Amy’s mum has witnessed her daughter transformation:
“Her writing is unbelievable since she started the Latch-On Program. It’s unbelievable. I think it is the best thing that ever happened for people with Down Syndrome.”
If you haven’t already, you have to watch Amy’s story. She completed the two-year Latch-On Program with our Partner Down Syndrome Ireland, who now has over 11 educational centers across the country offering the Latch-On Program.
As you can tell, we have also been able to create strong communities of practice for lifelong learning in Australia (thanks to Endeavour Foundation Queensland and New South Wales), and in Ireland (thanks to Down Syndrome Ireland).
The Best Community Engagement Award is therefore well suited for Latch-On.
UniQuest CEO Dr Dean Moss said the award recognises the outstanding commitment and achievement of the Latch-On team and UniQuest.
You can be part of the community of practice too
If you are part of an organisation providing services for young adults with intellectual disabilities you can become a Partner and teach the Latch-On Program in your community. Email us now and we will be happy to send you all the information you need to get you started.
It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of our award-winning literacy and numeracy Program. We are even prouder to see these young adults use technology (computers, tablets, apps). This skill is so paramount in this high-tech world we now live in. We like to see Latch-On as an all-rounder literacy and numeracy Program.
How you can support us
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The Latch-On Team