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Just a brief outline of what LATCH ON is about. Firstly it is an adult literacy course devised in Australia.  It is a Queensland University project and has been running there since 1998. The course was offered to Ireland this year and this is a first outside of Australia.The licence was purchased by DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND and teachers were specifically trained by the AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONALS who were flown to Dublin in the spring of this year to provide this training. All teachers working with Latch on need a primary or post primary teaching degree.

The course is carefully monitored by Queensland Uni requiring an assessment initially, after the first year and on completion of the two year course. There is a ratio of 1 teacher to 12 students and also a tutor per 6 students. In Limerick we have at present 8 students with 1 teacher and 2 tutors which is a very favourable ratio. Our teacher, Shirley, is a primary school teacher, and we have achieved a balance of 1 male and 1 female tutor. It is a very expensive course to run. In Limerick we are fortunate to have our own premises which is a huge plus. We are really happy with the staff and D.S.L is subsidising this course very generously to the tune of 75%of the cost. This year the Tour De Munster collection is funding our Latch On.

--LATCH ON Blog coming soon--

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Speech and Language Tips

It can be fun to reflect back on enjoyable times during the summer break. Use photographs of a day out, holiday or family event to recall these times and encourage commenting. These could be brought in to school or work to share as news.

Chairperson Message of The Month

Hello, my name is Paudie Murray and I am husband to Aoife and father to Rachael, Ciara and Hannah. Hannah who has Down syndrome is approaching her fourth birthday and is currently attending pre-school. Hannah is a unique individual with her own personality, family background and preferences that make her who she is. She is our child, our daughter, our sister but ultimately she is herself. Previous to Hannah’s birth we had little knowledge of the difficulties for people with Down Syndrome and their families. However, neither did we realise how rewarding it would be to parent a child with Down Syndrome. Hannah brings more joy and happiness to our family than anyone could ever imagine and we have learned so much already from her.

At Down Syndrome Limerick we are dedicated to being a primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome and their families working towards an improved quality of life for our members and a respect for and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of our society. We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of our organization and we value the uniqueness and diverse needs of our members and their families which govern all our activities.

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