A Survey of Reading Disability With a Focus on Emotional Causality

Jerome Gregory Stewart, Fordham University


The educating of young people in a democracy such as ours must be notable in creating a universal ability to read. Our nation depends upon a people, who are able to read intelligently so as to warrant a successful evolution of our form of government. In many ways a citizen, young or old, rich or poor is hopelessly handicapped by a reading disability. It is imperative for the social worker to know the implications both physical and emotional which accompany a reading disability. Our society is a reading society. It doesn’t take us long to find this out when we look at the thousands and thousands of newsstands in New York City. We as a reading public consume tremendous quantities of reading matter, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, books, advertisements, time tables, directories, not to mention the racing form. The statisticians tell us that nearly five percent of the people in the United States over twenty-four years of age are college graduates, nearly twenty-five percent are high school graduates and more than fifty percent have graduated from elementary school. These figures should give us some idea of the necessity that people be able to read and people be free from the crippling effects of a reading disability.

Subject Area

Disability studies|Social work

Recommended Citation

Stewart, Jerome Gregory, "A Survey of Reading Disability With a Focus on Emotional Causality" (1952). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557675.