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Whether you are visiting the doctor, voting in an election, landing a dream job, or curling up on the couch with a good book – the ability to read is important. Adult Literacy Ohio offers funding and support to connect adults with developmental disabilities to tutors who can provide 1:1 learning services.

Adult Literacy Ohio provides 1:1, in-person learning support for adults with developmental disabilities who wish to improve their reading, writing, and communication skills. Adult Literacy Ohio connects adults with qualified tutors who can work with them to promote improved literacy outcomes. Literacy is a gateway to fuller community access and a better quality of life. Focus areas for the sessions can range from reading fundamentals (for a non-reader) to gaining specific literacy skills to improve workplace performance. 

How Does it Work for Adult Learners?

Once approved for a grant, Adult Learners can browse available tutors in their area and book interview requests with anyone who looks like they could be a good fit. After a successful interview, adults can use their Adult Literacy Ohio grant to book tutoring sessions with their preferred candidate.  Adult Learners in the program should be excited about life-long learning and committed to meeting twice a week with their tutor of choice. To qualify for the program, Adult Learners must: Be served on a current Individual Service Plan, Have graduated from high school in a qualifying year (2020, 2021, or 2022), Commit to meeting with a tutor twice a week for the duration of each session for up to three sessions.  

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How Does it Work for Tutors?

Tutors must have a strong background in reading knowledge and structured reading instruction.

Once approved, tutors submit a bio and participate in an orientation. Tutors must commit to meeting with their adult learners 2x per week and submit monthly progress reports. This is a wonderful opportunity for highly qualified reading professionals to make a
life-changing impact outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Learners, Families, or Educators who have questions about this program can reach out to for more information.

The size, scope, and parameters for participation in this program are subject to change based on funding sources. If you are an adult with a developmental disability (or supporting a person with a developmental disability through this process) and you are interested in this program but do not meet the current qualifying factors (graduated from high school in 2020, 2021, or 2022), please fill out this FORM.

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