Most of us take our ability to read for granted and are unaware that there are people around us who struggle with this most basic requirement for everyday life.
A Skills for Life survey of 16-65 year olds in 2011 found that 5% of adults in England could only recognise a few common words, and a further 2.1% were barely able to read simple health and safety notices at work. It has been shown that adults who struggle to read:
- develop coping strategies, but often struggle with even the most ordinary tasks such as food shopping or using public transport
- are five times more likely to be unemployed and four times more likely to experience long-term unemployment
- struggle to help their children with learning
- have difficulties reading and understanding basic health information, which is associated with higher mortality
- are less likely to vote or take part in public and community life
There are many reasons why people may not have learnt to read as children. Read Easy reading coaches minimise the possible stress and embarrassment involved in learning to read as an adult by providing confidential, one-to-one tuition at flexible times and in discreet and convenient places.