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Next Chapter Book Clubs

Next Chapter Book Clubs (NCBC), which originated at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center, were launched in TN by the Council in 2009. The book clubs provide adolescents and adults with disabilities an opportunity to read and socialize with friends.  

The NCBC model promotes literacy and social connectedness. Members do not have to be able to read – a trained facilitator can read while members follow along, or the members can take turns reading from the selected book.  Clubs allow participants to practice self-advocacy; members decide which book they want to read, where the book club will meet, how they want to read the book, and how they want to organize their weekly club meetings.

In 2009-2013, four grantees received funding to develop and support book clubs in their area. As a result of this initiative, 47 book clubs were created, with over 250 book club members and over 100 volunteers to support the clubs.

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two young men with disabilities are reading books together side by side at a table and they have sodas in front of them