This ‘Broken’ Typeface Symbolizes the Language Barriers Many New Yorkers Face

The PSA for Literacy Partners will make an appearance in Times Square

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The nonprofit group Literacy Partners has created a "broken" typeface to drive donations. Literacy Partners

Many of us take the ability to read for granted, but a good number of adults in the U.S. struggle to do so. According to the nonprofit Literacy Partners, roughly 18% of New York residents do not speak English proficiently, making it difficult for them to read everyday documents and messages.

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