Adult Literacy Programme

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The Adult Literacy Programme, is a programme which has been developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and brought to Ireland by Down Syndrome Ireland.  D.S.I.s involvement came about as a result of the concerns of parents nationwide in relation to low literacy levels among their adult children with Down syndrome .

The programme which has been designed specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities, provides opportunities for adults with Down syndrome to commence and/or continue their literacy development.  It is a socio-cultural approach to literacy and uses a combination of technology and more traditional methods of literacy instruction to enhance the literacy development of adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Adult Literacy Programme in the Louth/Meath Branch will be run twice-weekly over a period of about eighteen months from April 2012.  There will be two classes running, one in Navan and one in the Drogheda/Dundalk area.  Each class will be run by a qualified teacher who has been accredited to teach the programme. Each class will have one or two tutors depending on the number of students.  The maximum number of students in any one class is twelve. This Programme will be heavily subsidised by the Branch.

A unique feature of the Programme is that it has a strong foundation in educational research and practice. From the beginning (1998) research has been an integral component of the programme. Research findings indicate that individuals with intellectual disabilities have achieved levels of literacy that were once regarded as unattainable. Such achievements have been possible because of an increased recognition of the need to maintain literacy as part of lifelong learning. Longitudinal studies carried out by the University of Queensland support the view that when adults with intellectual disability are provided with opportunities to broaden their literacy education through appropriate teaching and learning strategies they continue to develop and improve their language and literacy skills.

For further information or to book a place on the course, please contact:

Clare Leonard
Adult Literacy Programme Co-ordinator (& DSI National President)
Balloy, Stamullen, Co. Meath

Phone: 087-638 3477
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