The InFocus® Book Club
During the months of September through November 2017, InFocus® launched its first book club with Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. The book club was facilitated by Rebecca DiSandro, Sam Ball, and Lindsey Oakes (InFocus® Program Coordinator). Book club members with varying abilities met weekly at Scuppernong Books to engage in meaningful conversations about the book, and about living with a disability. In the final weeks of the book club, members created their own precepts that were inspired by a lead book character, Mr. Brown. On November 17th, InFocus® book club members hosted an interactive exhibit at Red Cinema’s Wonder movie premiere in Greensboro, NC. A special thank you to Scuppernong Books and Red Cinemas for hosting our book club.
Thank you to our InFocus® photographer, Tyler Oakes, for capturing these great shots from the InFocus® exhibit and Wonder movie premiere event!
Written expressive language is often difficult for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And yet, there is a need for these voices to be heard. Our InFocus® poet, Lauren Beja, is a published author working with individuals to share poetic messages that describe an appreciation for community, and a desire for inclusion. Our poetry groups are inclusive, providing an opportunity for people of all abilities to explore writing, learn from each other, and develop friendships within the program, all while educating the public about the varied abilities among us. Poetry InFocus® premiered in Spring 2017.
Poetry InFocus® at Scuppernong Books
OnStage and InFocus 2013-2015
Location: Community Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Date: Two-week program each June
Following training by InFocus staff, an inclusive cast and crew used the InFocus process, in combination with expressive skills acquired through the theatre, to develop and perform powerful skits advocating for community inclusion. The Community Theatre of Greensboro (CTG) expanded its reach to citizens with disabilities as a result of this program.