Next Chapter Book Club

Imitating three monkeys

UFD has partnered with Ohio State University Nisonger Center to bring the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) to the Chicago area.  Next Chapter Book Clubs bring together adult individuals with disabilities in community venues to read and discuss any type of written material.  This allows for socialization and continuous learning in the community for individuals who have aged-out of the public education system and programs.

NCBC members do not have to read at any certain level – all are welcome, including nonreaders!  NCBCs are groups of 6 – 8 members and two facilitators that meet 2 - 4 times per month at a such community hangout as Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, or Panera. The reading material is selected by group members and the facilitators provide reading assistance and dialogue initiation.  Sometimes additional activities are provided to reinforce the reading selection.  All members are encouraged to buy a refreshment of their choice from the venue prior to the beginning of the meeting time.

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