Literacy Improvement

banner_102Did you know that approximately 44 million American adults need significant improvement with their literacy skills and that 1 in 5 public schoolchildren have trouble reading?

Scientific studies consistently conclude that closed captioning helps to improve literacy skills of those learning to read. Viewers with below-average reading comprehension and schoolchildren who are learning to read have shown increases in word-recognition abilities after exposure to captioned videos in classrooms.

For more information on how you can help to make sure your favorite TV show or event is accessible to everyone, please contact one of these advocacy groups:

  • National Adult Literacy Survey (1992) NCED, U.S. Department of Education
  • www.ncld.org
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), http://nces.ed.gov.¬†Rogner, B.M. (1987). Adult Literacy: Captioned Videotapes and Word Recognition. The Union Institute, The Graduate School. Cincinnati, Ohio (Sept 1992).
  • Rogner, B.M. (1987). Adult Literacy: Captioned Videotapes and Word Recognition. The Union Institute, The Graduate School. Cincinnati, Ohio (Sept 1992).¬†Adler, R., (1985). Using Closed-Captioned Television in the Classroom. New Directions in Reading, Research & Practice, Yearbook of the State of Maryland International Reading Association 11-18.