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Our History

In 1985, we began as a volunteer coalition passionate about adult, family, and workplace literacy.  Volunteers supported each other through information sharing, advocacy, resources and training.

In 1992, we invited community-based adult, family and workplace literacy programs to join as members.

In 2003, membership grew to 36 literacy programs statewide and we hired the first paid staff member – an Executive Director.

In 2006, we hired 4 regional literacy consultants to build member capacity throughout the state.

In 2010, we created the Wisconsin Health Literacy division to establish critical partnerships between health care and literacy.

In 2013, we started the easier-to-read prescription label project which later included 5 participating pilot pharmacies.

In 2019, we served 72 literacy programs in 79% of Wisconsin counties, made 4 million easier-to-read prescription labels, and our members provided instruction to more than 18,000 adults and children.