An evidence-based program initiated at The University of Queensland (UQ) to assist young adults with an intellectual disability is celebrating 10 years of collaboration with Endeavour Foundation.

The Latch-On program, which has been trialed and evaluated over 15 years, is a multimedia program which combines traditional literacy and numeracy teaching styles with technology instruction.

Endeavour Foundation Executive General Manager – Disability and Community Services Gail Davidson said this milestone was made possible by the dedication of the Latch-On team, Endeavour Foundation Education staff, and UniQuest.

“10 years is a milestone in any business or program, but to see one that supports young students to be able to increase their independence is extremely gratifying”, she said.

“Seeing the impact this program has on the students and their families shows that the 10 years it has been running has made a real difference in the lives of many people,” Ms Davidson said.

The Latch-On program works with students to grow their literacy skills in print, oral, and multi-media contexts, and develop email, internet, and word processing skills.

The Latch-On program was designed by UQ researchers Associate Professor Karen Moni and Dr Anne Jobling, in consultation with UniQuest, and the Australian rights licensed to the Endeavour Foundation.

UniQuest CEO Dr Dean Moss said the collaboration between the Endeavour Foundation, the UQ research team, and UniQuest has enabled the innovative and effective Latch-On program to assist adults with an intellectual disability reach their full potential.

“The continued success of Latch-On demonstrates UniQuest’s capability in transferring UQ’s research strengths to industry, delivering transformative social enterprise solutions” He said.

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