WBEZ: The Cost of Literacy--Overcoming Learning Disabilities

On a late winter Saturday morning, Jacob Forst reads Tom Sawyer out loud off his father’s Kindle. The two cuddle on a brown leather couch in their apartment high above Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.

But, every few words, Jacob, a tall, thin 9-year-old, struggles, as he tries to sound out unfamiliar words like “tears,” “yearning” and “recognize.”

Like one in five students, Jacob has language-based learning disabilities that affects his reading and writing abilities. His challenges include dyslexia, dysgraphia, slow processing and decoding issues.

Julianne Hill reports for WBEZ’s Front & Center series, focused on education.

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Client: WBEZ’s Front & Center

Date: September 1, 2010

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