[AAACE-NLA] Finding Hope
millard at goldfieldaccess.net
Tue Apr 27 18:24:24 EDT 2010
> Finding Hope at the New Readers of Iowa Twenty-first Conference.
> Very few people my age are still active in adult literacy. Time has
> gone by fast. I have tried so hard to be a voice for the new readers
> in our country and to give them hope so they can have a better life.
> As I look back at my life in literacy I have had a full enriched life
> because of my involvement.
> I have been around adult literary for some time now. As dyslexia I
> have been open about my poor reading skills. Because of my openness I
> have had many different people come up to me and tell me their story
> about how hard it was for them to learn to read. Two people that come
> to mind one a medical doctor and the other a CPA for them to reach
> their professional goals they had to work very hard and be in the
> right place at the right time in life. There are not many people today
> with poor reading skills that make it that far.
> Last week the Iowa New Readers had their twenty-first conference. The
> adult new readers have been coming together to promote reading and
> sharing things about their lives with each other. “Take Charge of You
> Money Take Charge of your Life” was the name of the conference. As I
> look back twenty-one years ago at that time some of these people had a
> hard time expressing themselves, just saying hello was hard for them.
> Two of those ladies from the past at the conference were showing
> others how to use the computers another has been teaching small
> children to read and she also reads to her grandchildren now. As I
> look at the people that have been coming for a long time now you can
> see hope in their eyes, they are ready to try new things, they give
> back and they are happy. No their not going to be medical doctors or
> CPA’s. What they have learned is their own enique way of learning and
> that givers them a 3rd dimension in their learning.
> At this conference Wells Fargo worked with us and put on two different
> sessions on financial literacy. We feel this is a very good
> partnership, good for the new readers and good for Wells Fargo. We
> look forward to working with them again and we thank them for caring
> about the New Readers of Iowa.. Through the years we have worked with
> many different groups. We have worked on voting with the State of
> Iowa, We have partner with the Iowa Health System and put on three
> different health literacy conferences together and plan to keep health
> literacy as one of our top goals. Many of us have spoken in many
> different places about adult literacy; we have gone into the schools
> and told our stories about our reading difficulties.
> After attending the twenty-first New Readers Conference and seeing how
> the peoples live had changed I feel excited about where we are going
> so I need to keep going no matter what my age is.
> Archie Willard
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