Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) was created in 2002 by Dr. Thomas Fish, the Director of Social Work at The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

His intention was to launch and support a handful of clubs in and around Central Ohio that offered a fun way for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to actively participate in their communities. But in the years that followed, an organic process – fueled primarily by social media – took the model far beyond the boundaries of the Buckeye State.

In 2011, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named “Chapters Ahead Inc” was created to more strategically manage the expansion of Next Chapter Book Club. Since then, we have grown to over 300 clubs worldwide!

Did you know?


of those surveyed reported gaining more self - advocacy skills!

Want to start a club?

This is the first step towards becoming a NCBC Affiliate. Our “Affiliate” model offers NCBC to communities all over North America and in other parts of the world.

How can you join?

Although there are some clubs for young children, the vast majority of our NCBC Affiliates offer clubs for adolescents and adults. Expect to have a lot of fun!