Join us for an exciting presentation about two programs which focus on literacy and learning for adults with Down syndrome. An overview of the Next Chapter Book Club and Jot It Down will be provided. Both of these programs involve groups of individuals meeting weekly in a book store, coffee shop or cafe for one hour to have fun, be with their friends, and engage in learning through reading and writing. The Next Chapter Book Club is in its 10th year of operation with over 225 clubs in 25 states and 4 countries. Jot It Down is a newer program where members utilize a variety of methods to write (both individually and collectively) as a means of expressing their ideas, feelings and opinions.
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.