Helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy books, friends and their community.



Thank you for visiting our website!  Perhaps you found us because you heard that we were awarded the prestigious "Innovations in Reading" prize by the National Book Foundation for 2016.


Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers community-based book clubs for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


Does that surprise you a bit?  Maybe you’re thinking: "What if their reading skills are poor or they don't read at all?"  Our trained facilitators use a variety of innovative techniques, including "echo reading," to engage everyone.  So regardless of reading ability, Next Chapter Book Club provides a weekly opportunity to have meaningful social interactions with friends at coffee shops, libraries and other public settings.


Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities love books for the same reasons people without disabilities do.  They are transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about new ideas. This is the sort of thing that adds richness and fun to life in a way people without disabilities often take for granted. 


Founded in 2002 by Dr. Thomas Fish, Director of Social Work at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities,  Next Chapter Book Club has grown to more than 2,000 members and hundreds of trained facilitators meeting weekly at 300 book clubs in 31 states, four Canadian provinces and three European countries -- making it the largest community-based book club program for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the world. 


A wide range of organizations, including libraries, social service agencies and parent groups (often in collaboration with each other) have joined our Affiliate network and launched the low cost/high impact NCBC model in their communities. 


We’re unveiling a new website on June 1, 2016.  In the meantime, though, please take the time to explore this one.  You'll find information about joining a club, starting a club (which is easier to do than you may think) and volunteering at a club.  You’re welcome to contact me directly by phone or email to discuss next steps.  I also encourage you to take a look at our newsletter by clicking on the link below.

Warm regards,

Susan M. Berg, Executive Director


Phone: (614) 404-6060



 P.S.  Our next NCBC Affiliate training session is July 15th in Columbus, Ohio.  Pre-register by May 15th and receive a 15% discount.  The form can be found in our newsletter link above.

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