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 (AIM) is hosting a new, sensory-friendly Winter Party event for children who are sensitive to loud sounds, flashes, smells, and other sensory input. The party will be held on Monday, December 18, from 4 to 6 pm at the AIM headquarters at 210 N. Fifth Avenue, Reading.
The crowds, sounds, sights, and bustle of many popular holiday venues and activities can be overwhelming to some individuals with sensory sensitivity. This party will include many of the same activities that you might see at a mall or elsewhere but will be conducted with sensory sensitivity in mind – no loud music, no flashing lights, etc.
Children attending the party will get to enjoy many of the same fun activities as their peers including Winter-themed crafts, holiday treats, games, songs, including the most important aspect of a holiday party, a visit from Santa!
Call 610-376-0010 x105 to register for the party!
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.