It's something many of us take for granted. Reading. But thousands of adults in Memphis and throughout Tennessee struggle to understand the words around them.
"They can't read a newspaper headline, they can't fill out a job application, they can't read the labels on their mdications," says Wilson McCloy of the Memphis Literacy Council. "They just have a lot of trouble and they have other people do things for them when it comes to reading something."
21% of the adult population in Tennessee is at a level one literacy rate. According to the National Institute for Literacy, adults who read at Level 1 can not pick out an intersection on a map, locate two pieces of information in an article or fill out an application.