Join us for a morning of dynamic speakers, and stimulating conversation with experts, educators and service providers commited to eradicating intergenerational illiteracy, addressing the learning differences that challenge low literacy adults and promoting lifelong reading and learning.


Adult illiteracy is a crisis for Baltimore families and employers.

Family literacy efforts are a fundamental building block for creating lifelong readers, productive adults and children ready to learn.

There is a significant intersection between undiagnosed learning differences and adult illiteracy and the challenges in overcoming it especially among ESL and lower socioeconomic adults.

The increasing current emphasis on workforce and/or post-secondary attainment leaves adults with low literacy and learning differences especially vulnerable with potentially no reliable safety net.

Also take the opportunity to add your name alongside those of Mayor Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Young, and thousands of others who all believe that adult literacy should be a fundamental right, by signing the Declaration for the Right to Literacy scroll that will be presented to President Obama in September 2010.

The scroll, a project of Literacy Powerline, has already been signed by tens of thousands of people across the entire country — mayors and elected officials, the media, adult learners, volunteers, service providers, businesses, faith leaders, educational organizations, foundations, and community residents. It is the result of the Declaration of a Right to Literacy born out of Literacy Powerline's "Literacy Convention" held in Buffalo, NY in 2009. Watch a video about the Declaration and the creation of the scroll on YouTube by clicking here.

Why Can't Grandma Read: Intergenerational Illiteracy in Baltimore is a conference presented by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Reads, Inc., and the Dyslexia Tutoring Program.

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