One in seven Dane County adults struggles with low literacy. That’s 55,000 people.
Literacy Network serves low-income residents of Dane County from many walks of life. Adult learners in our programs can be variously described as immigrants, native Wisconsinites, refugees, parents, and workers. They are our neighbors – people we interact with every day.
For the learners we serve, low literacy touches every part of their lives. Without the reading, writing, or speaking skills needed in the modern economy, doors to stable employment may remain closed. With less formal education in English than their peers, their children may not receive the help with school work they need. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, a lack of computer literacy leaves them behind. Their health may deteriorate as they are left unable to communicate with their doctor or read their prescription.