It can often be difficult for illiterate adults to get out of the rut as reading is so fundamental to functioning in today’s society. They can often be too ashamed to get the help they need. It’s not hard to envisage how this would happen as it is often simply assumed that adults can read. Another issue with adult literacy is that it is often generational and if the adult can’t read it is likely that their children will also have difficulties with reading. Often, in these situations, little interest is given to education and reading as a family unit.
Being unable to read and write makes it difficult for us to learn. Writing is the main way we work and learn – in college, in the workplace and everywhere in between. Often there is a problem with literacy programs as they sometimes do not understand the experiences of the adults they’re trying to serve. They are often set up just like school and don’t address the realities of these adults on a daily basis. Students with different goals should be in different programs. Find out more in the infographic.