Winner, Innovations in Reading Prize, 2016

APBF receives an honorable mention
Winner, 2016 Innovations in Reading Prize

Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) is the signature program of Chapters Ahead, an Ohio-based nonprofit organization. NCBC provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities opportunities for lifelong learning, social connections and authentic community engagement through weekly book club meetings.  Even non-readers are able to experience the pleasure of books through innovative facilitation techniques like “echo reading.”
The NCBC network has grown to more than 2,000 club 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 launched the low cost/high impact NCBC model in their communities.
The Innovations in Reading prize will allow Next Chapter Book Club to accelerate its global expansion through the use of technology-driven training options, including webinars and live-streaming video.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that Next Chapter Book Club is receiving the prestigious 2016 Innovations in Reading Prize.  Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities love books for the same reasons non-disabled people do.  They are transported to different worlds and exposed to exciting new people and ideas.  I’m grateful that the National Book Foundation recognizes the importance of expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the pleasure of books and friends in a community setting.”
—Dr. Thomas Fish, Founder of Next Chapter Book Club and Director of Social Work at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Disabilities
You can learn about this year's honorable mentions here, or explore the impact of Innovations in Reading honored programs in our new infographic.