During the month of October, faculty and trainees participated in the Va-LEND book adventure. This is an annual activity to foster engagement and develop a sense of community with selected books that address LEND topics and themes related to disabilities, life course, family centered care, inclusion, etc. This fall the selected books were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon, and Wonder (2012) by R.J. Palacio.
Faculty and trainees selected a book(s) to read and signed up for discussion groups at the beginning of the semester. Discussion topics were developed and shared on Blackboard. Each discussion group had a faculty facilitator. The feedback has been positive. We are planning a Va-LEND Movie Adventure which will feature The Other Sister to be viewed and discussed in February 2014. Stay tuned!