Literacy Partners believes that literacy is more than just reading and writing; literacy encompasses technological skills, as well as knowledge of health and personal finances.
Imagine not being able to…
- Read a prescription drug label
- Open a bank account or get a credit card
- Read street signs or navigate public transportation
- Understand job directions
Illiteracy has tremendous consequences that affect our entire society.
Low Literacy Is Costly For Society
According to ProLiteracy data from February 2011, adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socioeconomic issue in the United States:
- More than 65 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can be classified as low literate.
- Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $236 billion each year in the U.S.
- Seventy-seven million Americans have only a 2-in-3 chance of correctly reading an over-the-counter drug label or understanding their child’s vaccination chart.
- Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.
Globally, illiteracy can be linked to:
- Gender abuse, including female infanticide and female circumcision
- Extreme poverty (earning less than $1/day)
- High infant mortality and the spread of HIV/Aids, malaria, and other preventable infectious diseases