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You’re never too old to learn to read

September 15, 2012
By Maria Burke , Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties

In the blink of an eye, the summer has passed and it is, again, back-to-school season. During this time of the year, many families focus on their children's education, but not much thought is given to adult education and how it impacts our individual homes or our communities. Believe it or not, there are approximately 30 million adults in the United States who function at or below basic literacy level (U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy). These individuals can perform only the simplest tasks, such as signing a form. In New York state, one out of five adults falls in this category.



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