Man Learns To Read At 47 After Keeping His Illiteracy A Secret His Whole Life

Published : 1/26/2018

Approximately 32 million Americans can't read, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Education. Norman Brown was one of these people until he was 47 years old.

Despite the fact that he couldn't read, Brown made his way through the educational system in Bakersfield, Calif. up until the 10th grade. "Back then, they sort of set you aside," he told ABC News. "I don't know how I got to the 10th grade. This is insane that I went so far in school."

But at 47, Brown decided it was time to change the quality of his life. He signed up for weekly tutoring at the Kern Literacy Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to improve their reading skills.

Learning to read boosted Brown's confidence and helped him to launch his own business — an auto body shop which repairs old cars.

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