Next Chapter Book Club: An Innovative and Viable Approach to Meeting the Literacy Needs of Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) is a community-based literacy and social program for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NCBCs include five to eight people with a wide range of reading skills who gather weekly in bookstores, cafés, and, increasingly, libraries. This webinar will describe the NCBC model, which has been disseminated to over 100 cities in North America and Europe.  The webinar will further explore how the NCBC model has been implemented by the Scotch Plains Public Library, which is reaching out to people with disabilities, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in a variety of ways. 

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will:

  • have a thorough understanding of the NCBC model and philosophy
  • understand how they might meet the adult literacy needs of people with developmental disabilities, even those who do not conventionally read
  • learn the myriad benefits of including people with developmental disabilities in library programming

Who Should Attend

  • All public librarians, especially those who have responsibility for outreach, programming and teen services
  • High School Media Specialists
  • Any community member with an interest in authentic community engagement and lifelong learning opportunities for people with disabilities


Jillian Ober, MA, CRC

Jillian Ober has worked at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities since 2004.  At Nisonger Center, Jillian manages programs that emphasize community inclusion and lifelong learning for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.  One such program is the Next Chapter Book Club, a community-based book club program for people with developmental disabilities.  Jillian manages all aspects of this program, including its expansion to now more than 100 cities in 24 U.S. states and 5 countries.  Jillian received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees (Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling) from The Ohio State University. 


How to Register

Register online 


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Thank you and we look forward to your participation!