Community–based book clubs for
adults with intellectual disability
Grace Hillis
05/04/13
Overview
 Who our clubs are for
 How our clubs work
 Benefits
 Challenges
 Hopes for the future
Who our clubs are for
 Adults with moderate, severe or profound intellectual disabilities
 May or may not have literacy ...
Next Chapter Book Club
Main ideas:
 Meet in a community setting (no libraries!)
 Meet for an hour once a week
 Two faci...
Sample books read
Equipment
 Props – figures, pictures
 Communication aids
Our Clubs
Star Book Club Tolka Book Club
Benefits
 Pleasure
 Independence
 Creating a positive view of people with disabilities
 Exercise
 Tour of Dublin
Challenges
 Staffing
 Culture – easier to have it in-service
 Staff / servicer user ratio
 Reading / being read to
 N...
Hopes
 Volunteer facilitators
 Mixed ability groups
 More groups
 More ownership by the members
 That the members hav...
It started with a search!
Mmm…what are the benefits for adults with
intellectual disability in maintaining their
literacy ...
Summary
 Enjoyable
 A work in progress
 A new chapter in community inclusion for people with intellectual disability
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Community based bookclubs grace hillis hslg conference 2013

  1. 1. Community–based book clubs for adults with intellectual disability Grace Hillis 05/04/13
  2. 2. Overview  Who our clubs are for  How our clubs work  Benefits  Challenges  Hopes for the future
  3. 3. Who our clubs are for  Adults with moderate, severe or profound intellectual disabilities  May or may not have literacy skills  May or may not speak  Some have physical disabilities  Attend day services  Interested in books
  4. 4. Next Chapter Book Club Main ideas:  Meet in a community setting (no libraries!)  Meet for an hour once a week  Two facilitators  Read a chapter a week, each person takes a turn  Members to take ownership, e.g. by voting on what book they want to read  Stay and socialise  Order a drink
  5. 5. Sample books read
  6. 6. Equipment  Props – figures, pictures  Communication aids
  7. 7. Our Clubs Star Book Club Tolka Book Club
  8. 8. Benefits  Pleasure  Independence  Creating a positive view of people with disabilities  Exercise  Tour of Dublin
  9. 9. Challenges  Staffing  Culture – easier to have it in-service  Staff / servicer user ratio  Reading / being read to  Noise
  10. 10. Hopes  Volunteer facilitators  Mixed ability groups  More groups  More ownership by the members  That the members have fun  Keep going 
  11. 11. It started with a search! Mmm…what are the benefits for adults with intellectual disability in maintaining their literacy skills? Community Nurse Speech and Language Therapists
  12. 12. Summary  Enjoyable  A work in progress  A new chapter in community inclusion for people with intellectual disability

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