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ILLiteracy - a true disability

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Sarah Zink

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An adult's struggle with low literacy can be a devastating family legacy, a barrier to financial stability, and an emotional obstacle to overcome. Many of us take for granted our ability to read a job application, fill out a a health form, read a label in the grocery store or a sign in a building. 

Rebecca Young-Montgomery joins us to share some information about a new program with the Tarrant Literacy Coalition and how you can help 'Be the Change You Want to See."

Approximately one in five adults in Tarrant County (more than 200,000) cannot read well enough to succeed at a fourth grade level, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey; However, less than 10,000 adults in Tarrant County are enrolled in ANY kind of adult literacy program at the present time.

In a study of literacy indicators of 69 metro areas with populations over 250,000, Fort Worth ranked 45th and Arlington ranked 63rd. (Central Connecticut State University) A recent United Way of Tarrant County report showed that nearly half of adults in the study read at a "Basic" or "Below Basic" level.