Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

End the Stigma of Adult Illiteracy, Says Top Author

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

End the Stigma of Adult Illiteracy, Says Top Author

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

GET LONDON READING Evening Standard Campaign MORE must be done to conquer the stigma surrounding adult illiteracy, a leading author warned today.

Mark Haddon, author of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, said adults with reading problems are embarrassed to seek help, and admitting to illiteracy is still a taboo.

Backing the Evening Standard's literacy campaign, Haddon said poverty and library closures are also to blame for preventing people from reading.

Haddon, whose book shows the world from the perspective of a boy with Asperger's Syndrome, said: "The illiteracy rate in prisons is a sign of the damage that's done to people if they don't have basic literacy.

"You are shut out from the rest of society and it's something seen as shameful. People are embarrassed.

"That's one of the most important things -- getting literacy help for people who are right at the bottom of the pile and talking about it so it's not an embarrassing thing any more. …

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