If you are experienceing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
There will be a lot of wet, heavy snow associated with this storm. If you have a power outage, please call your local utility company's emergency number and report the situation. Some of the utilities local to the Berks County area are listed below.
The Red Cross may be able to provide assistance if you are having difficulty and need to find an emergency shelter. Click here to go to the Red Cross' website to locate a local emergency shelter.
Please be safe and keep warm!
Emergency Phone Numbers (from the Reading Eagle):
PPL Electric: 800-342-5775
UGI Utilities: If you smell natural gas, call 800-276-2722
BARTA: For information about service, visit the website bartabus.com or call 610-921-0601.
511PA: PennDOT's traffic information service offers the latest traffic conditions on interstate highways and state roads. Dial 511, use the 511PA website or download the app.
Turnpike: The Pennsylvania Turnpike's traffic information service offers the latest conditions on the toll road. Visit the website paturnpike.com, use the TRIP Talk mobile app or call 866-976-8747.
Amtrak: Look for service alerts on amtrak.com or call 800-872-7245.
Philadelphia Airport: Flight information can be found online (phl.org) or by calling 800-745-4283.
AIM's celebration of Spring has been postponed because of snow!! The Sensory-Friendly event has been moved this cold, blustery, snowy day to what we hope will be the warm and sunny Wednesday, April 11, from 4 to 6 pm.
Developmental Disabilities strike around one in six children in the United States. Developmental Disabilities are defined by physical, behavioral, language, or learning impairments and can include ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, Cerebral Palsy, hearing or vision loss, and much more.
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) coordinates the annual theme of the national March recognition month. This year it is changing the focus from Developmental Disability awareness to the importance of inclusion and independent living. Their theme this year is "See Me for Me!" It emphasizes the vital trait of looking beyond someone's disability; to see someone as a person, not just a person with a disability.
Abilities in Motion exists to promote the inclusion and welfare of individuals with all types of disabilities. We could not possibly strive toward these lofty goals if we didn’t see each and every person we encounter as an individual with unique needs and with unique dreams.
Community HealthChoices (CHC) is a mandatory managed care program for many Pennsylvanians, including individuals who receive Medicaid long-term services due to income and disability. CHC’s major principals are in line with the goals of Abilities in Motion (AIM) – to allow people to receive services in their communities, teach them the skills needed to participate in the workforce, and experience an improved quality of life.
CHC is rolling out three managed care organizations who will assume the funding of your services - AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania, PA Health & Wellness, and UPMC Community HealthChoices. As CHC is rolled out in three waves across the state in 2018, 2019, and 2020, Pennsylvanians who receive both Medicare and Medicaid and residents who receive long-term services and supports due to physical disability will need to select one of these three providers.
You will receive mailed information from CHC and the three providers as the rollout dates for your part of the state approaches. Talk to your service coordinator or see the links below for more information.
Info on Community HealthChoices (CHC)
(The following links are from the PA Departments of Human Services and of Aging.)
Brief Video on Community HealthChoices
CHC Fact Sheet and Rollout Dates
PA Community HealthChoices webpage
Join us for fun, games, and treats during AIM's Sensory Friendly Spring Fling Party on March 21 at Abilities in Motion, 210 North Fifth Street, Reading, PA, 19601. Registration is required. Call Jacey Brobst at 610-376-0010 x 105 byMarch 12, 2018.
Abilities in Motion has grant money to provide Home Modifications to Reading home owners with disabilities. The program is free to city residents who have disabilities and own the residence. The projects under the Home Modification program must fall below $5,000. Abilities in Motion works with Home Modification applicants to determine the needs and costs involved in individual projects. Once the project is approved through our funding partner, Neighborhood Housing Services, AIM will connect the home owner with an approved contractor and supervise the project.
Home modifications allow individuals with disabilities to live and work safely and more comfortably in their homes. The home modifications include, but are not limited to:
Changing door knobs to lever handles
Installing video doorbell system
Installation of grab bars
Widening door frames or install swing away hinges
Installation of handrails
Lowering light switches
Changing of thresholds
Lower sight hole on doors
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jay English at 610-376-0010 x140 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He is our Accessibility Coordinator and has an extensive background in construction and vast knowledge on how to make a home more accessible.
Abilities in Motion (AIM) is proud to announce that it has received a three-year Accreditation for Long-Term Services and Supports from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This is the highest Accreditation that NCQA can confer.
Voluntary accreditation by a national body like NCQA demonstrates that AIM’s Case Management program is dedicated to getting the right care to patients including policies of care coordination, patient-centeredness, and improving quality of care.
AIM began the long and intricate process of accreditation nearly a year ago, deciding that our practices and policies were of substantial merit and should be recognized as such. AIM’s application for Accreditation was accepted in February, 2017, and we began a process of review of our files, policies, and procedures to ensure that they complied with the standards of Accreditation. The NCQA staff conducting our Accreditation surveyed our materials in September, 2017, looking back at a six-month period of reports and files. AIM was informed in mid-November that we had earned the top NCQA Accreditation available.
“AIM believes in continual quality assurance and we view our NCQA Accreditation as an outward symbol of an inward commitment,” said AIM Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance Jennifer Strausser. “AIM is ‘person-centric’ and we are proud of the service that we provide to the community at large and to individuals with disabilities.”
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers, and researchers.
Abilities in Motion welcomed nearly 200 people to its annual Consumer Holiday Party on Monday, December 4 at the Inn at Reading. AIM’s consumers – the individuals with disabilities whom AIM serves – eagerly look forward to this seasonal event and the camaraderie and fellowship that comes with it.
Dancing, food, and merriment was doled out in big portions throughout the afternoon. Holiday and dance music entertained consumers and their guests. Several lucky winners took home door prizes including Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon Echo Dots, Reading Fightin’ Phils tickets, and original artwork from the AIM Art Show this past summer.
The party originated more than a decade ago as a simple pot luck supper for AIM employees, celebrating the holidays. Recognizing that some of our consumers did not have the opportunity to share the spirit of the season with others, AIM staff began inviting individuals to the staff pot luck. Soon, the event became greater than the venue could manage and AIM decided to turn the celebration into a consumer-centered holiday celebration.
This party is eagerly anticipated and much beloved by the individuals with disabilities whom AIM serves. The Consumer Holiday Party is a celebration of independence and inclusiveness, traits that AIM is proud to champion.
Lots of great tricks and treats at AIM's first sensory-friendly Halloween Party! Over 30 kids, their siblings, and other family joined us for the event that combined the traditional fun of a Haloween party while being mindful of the needs of atmosphere-sensitive individuals. Games, food, crafts, and fun! It was such a success that AIM plans to have a Sensory-Friendly Winter Party as well! Keep posted for more details!
Changes to laws fundamental to the rights and privileges of individuals with disabilities have been coming and going so fast and frequently that it is a challenge to keep them straight. AIM has a few web links to organizations and webpages that might offer a bit of clarity to the crowd of legislation out there. Click here to go to our Resources page and look over our resource links.
AIM and the community enjoyed a celebration of creativity during AIM’s first annual Art Show and ADA Celebration on July 26. Click to read more.
Abilities in Motion (AIM) joins the friends and family of AIM's former board president, Terry Graul, in celebrating his life and accomplishments during a memorial on Friday, June 16.
Terry's devotion to the disabled community was endless. His commitment to the independent living movement was steadfast and forefront in his affiliation with Abilities in Motion, the Berks County Center for Independent Living. He believed that individuals with disabilities could live fully, on their own terms, and according to their own aspirations.
In his passing, Terry's widow, Suzanne Graul, made several in-kind donations to several people in need in the community. A hospital bed is going to a consumer who is a quadriplegic and has been unable to get a bed through insurance. A consumer who has not been able to pay for van modification will receive an adaptable van, allowing him to be more mobile in his community. Finally, a power chair will be donated to a consumer whose current power chair died and insurance refused to provide another.
Donations likes these allow Abilities in Motion to improve the lives of those we serve. It is with unending gratitude that we remember Terry for his service and his wife, Suzanne, for assisting AIM in its mission to help others.
AIM is proud to be partnered with IM ABLE, a foundation supporting individuals with disabilities and dedicated to removing "obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active...."
IM ABLE offers grants, resources, fitness opportunities, and motivation to encourage disabled individuals to be physically active. We admire and subscribe to IM ABLE's mission to redefine the "obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active."
Abilities In Motion (AIM) is a non-profit Center for Independent Living. Our purpose is to help individuals living with a disability determine, strive toward, and achieve a lifestyle that reflects their personal life goals. AIM serves over 3,000 individuals throughout Berks and in more than 30 surrounding counties throughout PA.
The Independent Living movement champions the principle that people with disabilities prefer to direct their own lives and become active participants in their community rather than live within an institution.
AIM is dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities – to improve mobility, to improve access, to improve inclusion, and to improve quality of life. We believe in preventing and eliminating obstacles of all kinds - physical, psychological, social, and attitudinal. These barriers deny people living with disabilities the rights and privileges common to the general public.
Please click on our Services tab for more information on the services that AIM provides.