The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers weekly opportunities for people with developmental disabilities (DD) to read and learn together, talk about books, and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. A program of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, NCBC was established in June 2002 to provide adolescents and adults with DD – regardless of reading ability – the chance to be members of a book club. NCBC has become the preeminent program of its kind. Today there are NCBC programs in over 100 cities across North America and Europe.
Individual Next Chapter Book Clubs usually consist of five to eight people with disabilities and two volunteer facilitators, some of whom also have disabilities. The clubs meet in local bookstores, cafés, and similar gathering places to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour each week. Much like members of any other book club, NCBC members choose the book they want to read and howthey would like to structure their club. NCBC members read adapted classic novels (i.e. Little Women and Treasure Island) as well as current, popular literature.