Literacy is more than reading. Literacy includes technological skills, knowledge of health matters and personal finances, and more. Illiteracy has tremendous consequences that affect our entire society.
Imagine not being able to:
Read a prescription or over-the-counter drug label
Open a bank account or understand a rental or credit agreement
Read street signs or navigate public transportation
Follow directions at work
Understand report cards and messages from your child’s teachers
Socioeconomic Impacts in the U.S.*
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 Health Literacy: $232 billion lost every year*
Unemployment Benefits, Lost Taxes, & Crime: $225 billion lost every year*