Illiteracy Impacts All of Us

 

Crime

85% of juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system cannot read. 

Economy

Illiteracy costs businesses and tax payers $225 billion and adds $230 billion to healthcare costs annually. 

 

Poverty

Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty. Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty.

Life Dignity

32 million American adults are functionally illiterate. Those who cannot read, cannot positively impact the future of our nation. 

 

Sources: National Assessment of Adult Literacy, Department of Education, National Council for Adult Learning, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, American Journal of Public Health, US Justice Department, National Center for Education Statistics (2003) & US Department of Education