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Information & Referral

All Centers for Independent Living are responsible for providing 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.

Social Connection Talk Line

To address the negative effects of social isolation on the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Abilities in Motion has launched an initiative to serve those in need of human connection. Our new “Social Connection” talk line allows people in our community who are feeling isolated to connect with someone at Abilities in Motion and chat with them.

The “Social Connection” talk line is available from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. People can call 610-790-9632 to speak to someone in English or 610-823-5237 for Spanish. The veterans’ line is available in both English and Spanish at 484-987-4393. The goal is to have people connect with our staff and stave off the negative effects of social distancing. The “Social Connection” talk line is not for program services or emergencies.

Social Connection Line Ad with phone numbers and multicolored people
Spanish Social Connection Line Ad with phone numbers and multicolored people

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click here for more information about the virus, including prevention, symptoms, and treatment.

Click here to read an official statement from AIM about measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services created a short video that explains COVID-19 in plain language.
COVID-19 Info

Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) put together these easy-to-read COVID-19 booklets written by and for people with developmental disabilities.

Plain Language Information on COVID-19 (English)

Plain Language Information on COVID-19 (Spanish)

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Disability Support Services at Colleges and Universities

in Berks County can be found at the following links:

Reading Area Community College

Albright College

Alvernia University

Kutztown University

Penn State Berks

Click here for a helpful and comprehensive COVID-19 resource guide for Pennsylvania residents.

Click here for a Question & Answer document from the PA Department of Human Services's March 17, 2020 COVID-19 webinar.

Miscellaneous Information

List of Food Banks and Food Stamp organizations in the Berks County area.

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

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

Information on Assisted Living from Caring.com

Shelly Houser