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Literacy

  • 65 percent of Georgia’s third grade students are not reading at grade level;

  • 1.7 million Georgia adults are low literate; and

  • By 2018, 88 percent of all jobs in Georgia will require a high school diploma or post-secondary credential and over 820,000 Georgians will not qualify for these jobs.

Braille Literacy

  • 90 percent of legally blind people cannot read braille

  • 60 percent of functionally blind cannot read braille.

  • Children are at 90 percent.

  • Approximately 75,000 people lose all or part of their vision each year. These numbers will increase dramatically as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement

Literacy

ACTION

Ideas

  • Work with local libraries to:

  • Organize a virtual book drive to support a reading program in your community

    • Read to children at a local library or after school program

    • Purchase a children’s magazine subscription for a local school or library

    • Host a book fair and invite an author or illustrator

    • Hold a monthly reading challenge for children at your library

    • Encourage them to read a designated number of minutes every month to win a prize

  • Work with schools and community centers

    • Volunteer at an after-school program to tutor a child in reading

    • Read a book aloud to a small group of children and encourage each child to paint a picture of the story

    • Donate computers or other technology for learning

    • Sponsor a community spelling contest

    • Organize a book exchange

  • Adult Illiteracy Programs

    • Teach an internet class at a local library - show others how to use the internet for greater access to information

    • Host a computer literacy course for adults

    • Organize a community event in connection with the International Literacy Day, held during the month of September, to raise awareness about the importance of reading

  • Supply new parents with books for young children reading partner with other non-profits that have similar missions

  • Collect new books for a children’s hospital

Braille Literacy

ACTION

Ideas

  • Work with your local school or library to increase access to information in braille

  • Learn and share the importance of Braille literacy.

  • Distribute large print and audio books to local senior centers

  • Provide free books for children at a vision or hearing screening or other service activity for children

  • Help people who are blind or visually impaired enroll in free, distance learning courses from The Hadley School for The Blind

  • Provide assistive devices to children or adults who have low vision

  • Serve as a volunteer reader at a senior center

  • Host a board game evening for adults with visual impairments use assistive items like cards

  • Learn braille as a sighted person and teach others.

  • Take the Hadley School courses for individuals who want to be braille literate. These include Lions members and others who wish to learn how to read braille. Hadley is a distance education school offering tuition-free programs to thousands of students who are blind or visually impaired and their families, both nationally and internationally. The school also offers affordable continuing education courses to professionals, including Lions members.

  • Have a braille student read to you just like you would a sighted child.

  • Identify those in your community needing services

  • HIPPA prevents from getting the information

  • Talk to churches, community centers, friends and relatives you know with vision issues become actively educated on the services available for the visually impaired in your community.

Potential

IMPACT

GRADUATION
EMPLOYMENT
SUCCESSFUL

IMPACT

Global

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Braille Material was distributed in 2021/22 by 18I District Zone Chairs but no numbers were recorded at the club level for 18I District for RAP that could be located

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RESOURCES

Reading Action Planning Guide
Reading Action Planning Guide

GETTING STARTED Organizing a Reading Action Program project for your club or district can result in a rewarding service experience for your club. Here are a few key steps to plan a successful literacy project in your area:

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LCI resources
LCI resources

Call to Action Flyer: Get an overview of the Reading Action Program. Project Idea Sheet: Refer to this sheet to get ideas for a possible project. Planning Guide: Use this step-by-step approach to organize your project. Press Release: Send a press release to local media to help publicize your project. MyLCI: Use the online service activity report to share what your clubs is doing as part of the Reading Action Program. Artwork: Download artwork to print your very own bookmarks. Diploma: Recognize

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All-Children-Reading-logo-FINAL
All-Children-Reading-logo-FINAL

A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) is a partnership of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and the Australian Government that advances EdTech innovation and research to improve reading outcomes for marginalized children in low-resource contexts.

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Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read

Beginning at the six-month checkup and continuing through age 5, participating Reach Out and Read pediatricians and medical providers provide new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

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Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental

Working together to provide free books to children

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American Foundation for the Blind
American Foundation for the Blind

Lions can help meet a variety of needs, including provision of braille teaching materials, access to assistive technology, training on the use of assistive technology, and special assistance to low income families in the US and abroad.

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rif logo
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Ferst Readers
Ferst Readers

Strengthening communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development.

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Pines Library of Georgia
Pines Library of Georgia

PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is Georgia’s “borderless library” system that allows PINES card holders free access to books and other materials in 300 library branches and affiliated service outlets throughout the state.

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BGC of Georgia
BGC of Georgia

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgia is a collective of 36 Boys & Girls Clubs organizations across Georgia that work together as one 'Movement' to provide out-of-school youth development and character building to over 79,000 children in Georgia.

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Georgia Vision Resource Guide
Georgia Vision Resource Guide

directory of adult vision and aging eye health services available across the state. You can use this guide to locate services such as low cost eye exams, reduced cost eyeglasses, and vision rehabilitation and low vision resources. Additional resources include aging services, independent living, and programs specifically designed to enhance the quality of life for aging adults.

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Reading Action Program – Service Project Action Plan

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