Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.
- 1 in 8 Washtenaw County adults is barely literate. They lack the basic skills needed to fill out an application form or locate their house on a map.
- 50% of children born to illiterate parents grow up to be illiterate adults.
- Literacy skills are a stronger predictor of an individual’s health status than age, income, employment status, education level and racial or ethnic group.
- Nationwide, funding for adult literacy (local, state, and federal combined) serves only 3 million of the 93 million adults who could benefit from services, or three percent of the adults in need.