A graduation ceremony for people with Down Syndrome who successfully completed an education programme was hosted at Naas Town Hall. It was the final function at the venue as the home of Naas Town Council.
Twenty one students completed the Latch-On adult literacy programme run by the Kildare branch of Down Syndrome Ireland in partnership with the University of Queensland. Latch-On was developed at the UQ and has a strong foundation in educational research and practice.
Parent Mary Walsh from DSI Kildare, who manages the programme locally with Rita Purcell and Cora Purcell, is heartened at the level of interest and said: “This programme that has played a role in transforming the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities since 1996. To see it available in Naas is fantastic. Educational opportunities depend on literacy, which is the bedrock for basic education for all.”
The Kildare branch of DSI will continue with the programme this year with two postgraduate programmes and an undergraduate course starting in September, meaning that more than 30 students will be availing of innovative adult education thanks to the tireless work of the charity.
Naas Mayor Emer McDaid presented the graduates with scrolls and each student presented a compilation of their work over the last two years to a parent or sibling.
Cora Purcell (086-0869897) has information about the course.