The Detroit Free Press has a Sunday Special on improving literacy (and reading) in Metro Detroit. It is said nearly 25 percent of the region (over 50 percent in the city of Detroit) suffers from functional illiteracy (e.g., the inability to read a newspaper, fill out a job application). As someone who cares about the adult illiteracy problem in the region, I am glad that the Detroit Free Press is promoting this social justice issue. Learn more how you can contribute to the cause below. Reading Works -- an organization of diverse leaders from the business, education, media, civic and faith communities -- is dedicated to significantly boosting adult literacy in metro Detroit.