Facts & FAQ
According to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, there are nearly 140,000 adults in Oklahoma City who are considered functionally illiterate. Being functionally illiterate means they have difficulty reading a newspaper, filling out a job application, reading road signs, etc.
Roughly 80 percent of the people who have difficulty reading possess some type of learning disability.
One in every 10 drivers cannot read the road signs.
Individuals with low reading skills are at risk of not understanding vital legal and medical documents.
On average, an illiterate adult earns 42 percent less than a high school graduate.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can a person grow into adulthood without gaining the ability to read?
Their parents may have been illiterate, they may have moved often, they may have suffered a childhood illness and missed large amounts of school, or they may have learning disabilities.
How many people are you able to help each year?
We are able to reach 1,000 - 1,200 each year. Of those, about 85 percent of CLC’s students live at or below the poverty level.
Is there a charge for your services?
No. All of our services are free of charge.