Why Literacy

Life as a Non-Reader

What is it like to be a non-reader?

  • You shop for groceries by pictures on the packages.   You might buy a can of Crisco shortening thinking you’re actually buying a can of fried chicken.
  • You can’t read the instructions on a medicine bottle but are too embarrassed to tell the pharmacist.   You run the risk of giving your child an overdose.
  • You can’t read a map or a road sign.
  • You can’t fill out a job application.
  • You can’t understand the instruction labels on the machinery at work.
  • You can’t help your child with homework and you won’t admit to the teacher that you can’t read the notes she sends home.
  • You can’t enjoy the simple pleasure of snuggling with a good book at bedtime.
  • You may be a non-reader because of a learning disability such as dyslexia – but not know it.
  • You feel like a failure and an outcast.   You hide your inability to read.
  • As an adult, it is often very difficult to ask for help and to accept help.
  • It is a challenge just to organize your daily life so that you can show-up for your tutoring sessions.


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