In this compelling collection of first-person stories, adults who have made outstanding achievements in adult literacy were paired with writers to tell of their transition to reading. These are people who have had the courage to overcome the barrier of words to break into a broader sense of themselves, to feel more empowered in the world. Courageous, too, is the very sharing of these stories, in which private moments are opened wide with the hope that others will take the same steps. Whether confronting undiagnosed dyslexia, a Canadian Tire store manager to ensure Christmas for a child, written tests for the military, certification exams, or jumping from an airplane, these people are heroes.
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Whether facing undiagnosed dyslexia or the confusion of retail shopping, the dread of written employment tests or the fear of parachuting, the people in these stories show daily heroism. Their stories of improving their literacy skills as adults are both compelling and courageous. In this unique volume are stories of people who bravely overcame the word barrier, who have worked on their reading and other literacy skills while raising families and holding down jobs. Each success has helped a dream come within reach, from reading to a child to helping with homework, from passing a test to landing a job with better pay. The stories in this collection are truly inspirational; the decision to share them with others exemplifies a generosity of spirit and hope for others in similar circumstances.
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