NCBC is committed to providing weekly opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to read, learn and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. The premise is simple. A group of four to eight people with disabilities, along with two trained facilitators, gather weekly or bi-weekly for one-hour in a local public library, bookstore, coffee shop, café, or similar public establishment to read aloud and discuss a book. Anyone can participate, whatever their reading or ability level. NCBC members range from those who read proficiently to those who cannot read at all. We believe everyone has the ability to connect to a story and a right to share theirs.
NCBC provides a unique environment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to experience community inclusion, social connectedness, life-long learning, as well as opportunities for self-determination and self-advocacy.
Did you know?
of those surveyed reported being more comfortable in the community since joining NCBC!
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!