Meet the researchers behind the literacy program for young adults with intellectual disability

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Latch-On (Literacy And Technology, Hands-On) is a two-year literacy program for young adults with intellectual disability to develop to their potential, and continue the journey of lifelong learning.

Latch-On was initiated and designed by Karen B. Moni PhD and Anne Jobling PhD at the University of Queensland School of Education as a practical demonstration of the benefits of teaching literacy to adults with an intellectual disability.

Karen B. Moni has taught in secondary schools in England and Australia. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Education of The University of Queensland. She was the Founding Program Director of the Latch-On program. Her research interests include adolescent literacy, literacy assessment, and teacher education.

Anne Jobling has had long-term involvement in significant research into intellectual disability, particularly Down syndrome. She established Latch-On in 1998. She is now Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Education of The University of Queensland. Her research interests include lifelong aspects of development related to education particularly literacy learning and health.

The program’s development was assisted by Mrs Jan Lloyd and Ms Michelle Morgan.

Michelle Morgan has a Diploma in primary teaching and a Bachelor of Education. She has been involved in primary teaching for 15 years. In 1999 Michelle joined the Latch-On teaching team and continues to work within the program.

Jan Lloyd has a Diploma and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. She has been working as a research officer in the Down Syndrome Research Program at the University of Queensland since 1997. Jan joined the program as a teacher when Latch-On was established in 1998.

The Latch-On Program is made available to service delivery partners via licensing agreements with UniQuest , UQ’s commercialisation company.

Find out more about becoming a partner and incorporating Latch-On into your service delivery.

The Down Syndrome Research Program team: Dr Anne Jobling, Professor Monica Cuskelly, Dr Rhonda Faragher, Janette Lloyd, Dr MariaRosa Mallardo

The UQ Down Syndrome Research Program team (from left): Dr Anne Jobling, Professor Monica Cuskelly, Dr Rhonda Faragher, Janette Lloyd, Dr MariaRosa Mallardo