Facts on Dyslexia

  • 90 million adults have literacy skills below the sixth-grade level (Dept. of Labor, 1992)
  • 40 million have below third grade level reading ability
  • 75% of unemployed
  • 33% of mothers receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • 85% of juveniles appearing in court
  • 60-75% of prison inmates
  • 40% of minority youth
  • 45% of people in the workforce
  • 11% of professional workforce
  • 30% of semi-skilled and unskilled workers
  • 80% having learning disabilities
  • 30 million adults usually never diagnosed
  • 15-20% of the population has a reading disability
  • 12-15% of overall population have some form of dyslexia
  • Not all are diagnosed
  • Of students with specific learning disabilities who receive special education services, 70-80% have deficits in reading. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.
  • NAEP, 1997 report—below grade level readers
    • 40% of fourth graders
    • 30% of eighth graders
    • 25% of twelfth graders
    • 69% of black fourth graders (4.5 million students)
    • 64% of Hispanic fourth graders (3.3 million students)
    • 33% of all public school student drop out before finishing high school (Jordan, 1989)

Workplace of the future requires literacy


- Nixon Education Services Inc; PO Box 46; Spencerville, MD 20868-0046

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