There's a stigma attached to being an adult in the United States and not being able to read and write English or do basic math. When an adult learns to read and write, it's transformative - and it allows them to move beyond that stigma. As adult learners courageously endeavor to overcome the stumbling blocks of low literacy, they learn how to share their valuable voices and experiences. As a result, they become more productive participants in their communities, in politics, and in our economy.
Who better to raise awareness and advocate for the adult literacy crisis in the United States than adult learners themselves? Unfortunately, many of these individuals have never had access to the support and training they need to develop their leadership potential. The U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL), held in Washington, D.C. October 31-November 2, 2013 addresses this challenge head on.
USCAL is the ideal event for adult learners to gain the skills they need for self-advocacy, public speaking, critical thinking, team building, strategic planning, and more. All of these skills can be used in transition for the adult learners' entire life, especially in jobs, careers, continuing education, community, and family. USCAL provides training and first-hand experience with advocacy efforts through workshops specifically designed for adult learners .