However when this girl was about 19 years old (Special Ed kids stayed in local schools until they were 21) her parents insisted that she be taught to read. Although nobody in the school district expected her to accomplish much, they were legally obligated to follow the parents' demands so she was sent for tutoring.
To everyone's surprise, in one school year she learned as much as most elementary aged children learned in two years. Perhaps her neurological development had been delayed, but she was finally ready and able to learn to read.
And she's not the only one capable of doing that
Next Saturday I'll be participating in an event to help raise money for our local library's adult literacy program. There are all sorts of reasons why people didn't learn to read as children. Some were developmentally delayed while others were not able to attend school, came from families speaking other languages, etc. But most of them are now capable if they're willing to work hard at it. It's never too late to learn to read.