Information & Referral

All Centers for Independent Living are responsible to provide information and referrals to individuals with disabilities.  Current and accurate information is vital in obtaining prompt connection to needed services and to promote accessibility in local communities.

Resources

The following links are regularly reviewed to be current.  If you find a link that does not work, please contact Jonathan Heintzman at jheintzman@abilitiesinmotion.org.


Disability Support Services at Colleges and Universities

in Berks County can be found at the following links:

Reading Area Community College

Albright College
https://www.albright.edu/student-life/disability-services/

Alvernia University

Kutztown University
https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/disability-services-(dso).htm

Penn State Berks
http://berks.psu.edu/student-disability-resources


Post Secondary Career Training

Learn more about career training option for Berks County students!

Berks Career & Technology Center (Adult Continuing Education)
https://www.berkscareer.com/Domain/85

Hiram G. Andrews

Job Corps
https://www.jobcorps.gov/

Reading Area Community College Career Programs
(Non-Credit Programs)
http://www.racc.edu/communityed/careerTrainProg.aspx

Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center
(Adult Education Program)
http://www.rmctc.org/adult-education/


Employment Support

Various employment support services for job seekers…

PA CareerLink

Office of Vocational Rehabilitiation (OVR)

AHEDD
http://www.ahedd.org

Berks Personnel Network, Threshold

Community Skills Program
http://communityskillsprogram.com/

Goodwill Keystone Area
http://www.yourgoodwill.org/

Kencrest


Legislative Information

Links to various organizations with information or analysis on current state or federal legislation.

Pennsylvania Health Access Network

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

Click here to find your state legislator

Click here to find your federal Representative

Click here to find your federal Senator


Miscellaneous Information

www.bartabus.com – Information on BARTA services in Berks County for all regular bus transportation and special services

www.berkstransition.org – Where to get connected for all transition services in Berks County

Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging

PA Office of Long Term Living

LGBT Center of Greater Reading

PA-LINK – Statewide

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. The ADRC in Pennsylvania is known as the Link.

PA-LINK for Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon Service Area

Pennsylvania Relay – communication service for deaf/hard-of-hearing

Pennsylvania Relay is a 24-hour service that allows individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to communicate freely with friends, family and businesses. For people who have difficulty hearing or speaking, the simple act of using a telephone can be a challenging and frustrating experience. Whether it’s conducting business, speaking to doctors, making appointments or just keeping in touch with family and friends, an inability to communicate over the phone can affect almost every aspect of a person’s day-to-day life. Multiple service options are available to fit individual communication needs.

To learn more about the services offered through Pennsylvania Relay, contact customer care:
800.974.1253 (Voice/TTY)
Website: www.PARelay.net
Email: PARelay@HamiltonRelay.com

Alcoholism services and support – https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/

www.alcoholrehabguide.org/treatment/