Literacy is the ability to read, write and comprehend language. It is an ability that many of us take for granted each day. We use that ability almost every minute of the day when we read the newspaper, e-mail, road signs, reader boards, restaurant menus, and cereal boxes. Literacy has become such an innate ability that for many of us it is automatic.
However, according to a recent study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 30 million American adults are considered at a literacy level below basic. This means nearly 30 million adults are unable to comprehend anything beyond the most simple and basic reading.
Literacy is an important part of our daily lives and yet there are millions out there, perhaps family or friends who struggle with the things we take for granted. Illiteracy has a profound effect on their lives. Being unable to read a newspaper is one aspect, but imagine not being able to read doctor’s instructions, voting ballots, street signs, or even the allergen warnings on food packages.