“Although we do not intend to formally assess the students until the end of their 2 years in the program, progress in the development of their literacy skills has been evident from their personal portfolios, which are kept by the staff. We and others have also observed the students grow in other personal and social ways. Their confidence in themselves and their abilities has grown as evidenced in their behaviors when meeting new people, giving presentations, making connections and forging friendships with other students, and in their increasing independence in the community. The development of confidence and social skills have been fostered and extended through activities in which the students work with other university students in tutor groups, in the gym, at the university cafes, and in sports. Written evaluations from parents conducted at the end of the first year of the program have supported these observations.”
– Karen B. Moni & Anne Jobling
“LATCH-ON: A Program to Develop Literacy in Young Adults with Down Syndrome,”
in Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Vol 44, No. 1 (September 2000), p. 48.