Call for Proposals: Next Chapter Book Club and Beyond Conference

Next Chapter Book Club seeks proposals!

We are looking for presentations that share ideas, techniques, and experiences related to increasing literacy and lifelong learning for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  While presentations about the Next Chapter Book Club are certainly welcome, we encourage presenters to explore a variety of topics and render innovative ideas about how people with disabilities can engage in literacy and lifelong learning.  Sample topics are listed at the bottom of this email.

Like the first Next Chapter Book Club and Beyond conference, this conference will focus primarily on brief and impactful sessions, 15 to 20 minutes each.  We will also have additional structured and unstructured opportunities to ask questions and exchange ideas with one another.  Additionally, there will be at least two breakout sessions for those in attendance who would like to participate in an actual book club meeting rather than listen to presentations.

Here is what we need from you:

  • Presentation title and abstract to be used in conference program(25 to 50 words)
  • Overview of presentation (200 words or less)
  • Audiovisual needs
  • Main presenter contact info

-Name, Title, Organization, Street address, City, State, Zip, Email, Phone number

-Bio for Main Presenter (100 words or less)

-Names of any additional presenters

Presenters may be NCBC members, families and support staff, NCBC facilitators and coordinators, researchers, educators, and professionals.  Presentations may be given by individuals, small groups, or panels.  Multimedia presentations are welcome.

Proposals must be mailed or emailed to Jillian Ober by November 7.  We will notify all applicants of our decision by November 21. Please contact Jillian at or 614-685-6718 with questions.

 Next Chapter Book Club
1581 Dodd Drive
285D McCampbell Hall
Columbus, OH 43210

Presenters are responsible for paying the $75.00 registration fee.  Registration is open at

Sample topics include:

  • Creative and effective book club facilitation strategies
  • Encouraging literacy and learning activities outside of book club
  • Self-expression through talking, writing, and other communication
  • Creative use of technology
  • Strategies to promote social interaction and friendship building
  • Member perspectives of NCBC experience
  • Examples of productive community partnerships
  • Program development and sustainability
  • Evaluating NCBC program outcomes
  • Strategies to promote connections within the NCBC affiliate networks


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