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DSI and CDETB Team Up to Offer Further Education Courses for Adults with Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) have collaborated to provide further education courses for adults with Down syndrome.

The CEO of DSI, Barry Sheridan, believes in the potential that the partnership with CDETB can bring for adults with Down syndrome in the Dublin area. He said: “It is wonderful to see more opportunities for further education opening up for our members in Dublin. We welcome the investment and commitment of City of Dublin ETB in the further education of adults with Down syndrome. Life-long learning is vital and Down Syndrome Ireland is dedicated to developing adult education as a pathway for all of our members.”

Cora Rafter from CDETB Adult Education Service expressed the excitement of the CDETB to be involved for the first time in a partnership with Down Syndrome Ireland. She endorsed that the investment in this programme reflects the belief of the CDETB that adults with Down syndrome can continue their literacy development and enhance social inclusion.

The collaboration between the two institutions aims to deliver the so-called “Latch On” course, which will consist of a two-year, part-time course that will assist adults with Down syndrome to develop and maintain their literacy skills. The format of the course was developed by the University of Queensland in Australia and since 2011 has been delivered by branches of Down Syndrome Ireland.

The Latch On course will be available in five locations across Dublin:

According to the Head of Adult Education for DSI, Lisa Martin, the Latch On course is a great chance for students to build on literacy skills gained in secondary school and is an opportunity for older members to regain confidence in their communication skills that may have been lost over the years.

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