This Year's Project: Columbus People First & Next Chapter Book Clubs
The Arc of Platte County is a community based non-profit of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We provide an array of programs, services and support to individuals and their families. The Arc strives to provide every individual and family affected by intellectual disability access to the information, advocacy and the skills they need to participate as active members of their community.
The Arc of Platte County is a Chapter of The Arc of Nebraska which is part of The Arc of the United States.
All Chapters are financially responsible for themselves, contributing to their State and National Organizations.
The Arc of Platte County is committed to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities secure the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they live, learn, work and play.
Current Project: Columbus People First & Next Chapter Book Clubs
The Columbus People First Chapter is the local chapter of People First of Nebraska and is sponsored by The Arc of Platte County. People First is a self-advocacy organization for and by adults with disabilities. The local group meets once a month to foster self-advocacy skills so that they can be treated as equals and given the same rights, choices and responsibilities as they participate as valuable, active members of our community. They want the right to make choices about where they live, learn, work, socialize, and spend their money.
It is the mission of People First to empower, train and advance advocacy so that people with disabilities are able to speak for themselves.
A goal for this year is to start Next Chapter Book Clubs in our community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This is an opportunity to provide weekly opportunities for adolescents and adults with I/DD to read, learn and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. The premise is simple. A group of four to eight people with I/DD, along with two trained facilitators, gather weekly or bi-weekly for one hour in a local public library, bookstore, coffee shop, or cafe to read aloud and discuss a book that they have chosen. Anyone can participate, whatever their reading ability. NCBC members range from those who read proficiently to those who cannot read at all. Participants in the book clubs will not need to be a member of People First.
As with any new program there are startup fees for materials and training. All funds from our BIG GIVE donations will go toward this exciting new program!