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Next Chapter Book Club: Literacy & Learning for Adults with DS

  • Wed, June 12, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • DSAIA Online Webinar


  • Available for nonmembers!

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Curious about how to start a book club with your adult members? Join Tom Fish, Ph.D., from Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC), as he covers the nuts and bolts of beginning a NCBC, from barriers for people with IDD in reading and traditional book clubs, to the history of NCBC, to the steps in setting up meetings. You'll also learn about ideal club size, ideas on where to meet, and effective practices and activities like echo reading. Join Dr. Fish to learn how your organization can become one of the more than 320 NCBCs around the world!

Want to view the webinar but can't make it during the live presentation? Be sure and register to receive a link to view the recording for up to 14 days. (Most webinars are placed in STACKS - the DSAIA Member Resource Library - within 6 months.)


About the Presenter:

Tom Fish is Director of Social Work and Family Support Services at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, where he has worked for over 30 years. He is founder of the Next Chapter Book Club and has extensive experience developing programs that promote community inclusion, independence, and productivity for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Tom co-authored Next Chapter Book Club: A Model Community Literacy Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities, published in 2009. He was a 1999 recipient of a Mary Switzer Merit Research Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Tom is a Fellow in the American Association on Mental Retardation and is a member of the Awards and Fellowship Committee. He received his Masters in Social Work from Boston University and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling from The Ohio State University. His clinical and research interests center on family support, employment, independence, and community inclusion for individuals with disabilities and their families.

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