What is Literacy?

Literacy Skills Acquisition, ages 0 through Adulthood: 
An individual's ability to read, write, speak in English, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual, and in society.

Literacy Skills Applications:

  • Health Literacy: The degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions (an estimated 104,000 Washtenaw County residents impacted).
  • Workplace/Computer Literacy: The core skill that employees need to do their jobs successfully including the ability to use documents (i.e., safety instructions, assembly directions or maps), numbers (by themselves or in charts and tables), and prose writing (i.e., reports, letters and manuals).
  • Financial Literacy: The ability to make good financial choices by understanding basic math and how things work in the real world; knowing enough about managing money to make informed decisions and avoid being cheated, tricked or swindled.