Recently I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Tutor & Adult
Learners Conference held on the University of Illinois Chicago campus. I discussed the
importance of realizing that adult illiteracy is not just a statistic—there are people living in our
neighborhoods and parents of children in our schools who are challenged daily because they
aren’t able to read a simple menu, newspaper, prescription bottle and more.
In fact, the title of my book, “Hot Dogs & Hamburgers,” was inspired by one of the challenges
a student of mine faced while traveling for business. Hot dogs and hamburgers were the only
two words he could read on a menu, and as a result they were the only things he could ever order
when away from home. I urge you to watch the following clip from my presentation in order to
see just how passionate and dedicated I am to wiping out adult illiteracy in this country. After
you watch, I hope you’ll join me in the fight against this hidden disease.