Don't have time to read? Be grateful you can! Take the time to understand these facts and read to your kids. Take the time and teach them how to read.
-- 2.3 million Americans lack the reading and writing ability to handle the demands of daily life.
-- 237 billion dollars a year, in unrealized earnings, is lost by a person lacking basic academic skills.
--60 to 80% of illiterate people move outside the law because they cannot find legitimate work.
-- We spend 6.6 billion dollars yearly to keep 750,000 illiterate people in jail.
-- Aspirin bottle instructions are written at a 10th grade level.
-- Understanding an insurance policy requires a 12th grade reading ability.
-- An 8th grade reading level is needed to follow directions on a frozen TV dinner.
Source: North Carolina ACLD August 1983
Southwest Multisensory Training Center