Reference Booksin your library can give you authoritative dependable information quickly. Your local library keeps on hand medical and pharmaceutical handbooks, consumer buying guides, subject-specific encyclopedias, atlases and many more information-at-your-fingertips materials. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library, so they are always there for you to use. Ask your librarian for help; that is what librarians like to do most.
Community Support Services
Social Services of Berks County, PA. This website provides direct links or other contact information for the social service agencies of Berks County, including a detailed alphabetical listing of social service agencies, hot-line numbers and more. This link takes you to the Services Directory for The Disabled.
Catholic Social Agency. Part of the five-county Diocese of Allentown. "Case managers are available to help individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and to become more independent." Contact: 400 Washington St, Suite 100,Reading PA 19601 • 610-376-7144 • Email form
Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Inc. "Threshold is a non-profit organization providing a comprehensive array of Employment and Training, Behavioral Health, and Community Support Services for persons experiencing mental, physical, developmental, and emotional challenges." Contact: 1000 Lancaster Ave., Reading PA 19607 • 610-777-7691, fax: 610-777-1295 • Email: Rehabilitation Services firstname.lastname@example.org, Consumer Services email@example.com, Behavioral Health Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Abilities in Motion (AIM). The mission of AIM is to help people determine their own individual lifestyle, based on personal choice, from a wide spectrum of acceptable alternatives. AIM provides: Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, Service Coordination, and System Advocacy Change. Brochures and programs materials are "readily available" in both English & Spanish, and interpretive services are available upon request. Contact: 210 N. Fifth Street, Reading PA 19601 • 610-376-0100, toll-free:888-376-0120
Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU). "The BCIU can provide early intervention services to preschool-aged children (ages 3-4) who are identified as eligible because they have a particular handicapping condition or developmental delay." Contact: PO Box 16050, 1111 Commons Blvd., Readinig PA 19612-6050 • 610-987-2248, fax: 610-987-8400
Learning Disabilities Resources. A small site that talks about the causes and how to identify learning disabilities. (powered with Google ads).
Visual & Hearing Impared Services
Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services. Services include hearing screenings, job search assistance, ASL classes, ASL interpreters, family events, information and referrals for acquiring assistive devices. Contact: 2045 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19605 • 610-685-4520, fax: 610-685-4526
Berks County Association For The Blind, INC. Pre-school vision screening, Transportation/Escort, Remedial Eye Care, Chore Services, Public Awareness, Life Skills, Counseling, Socialization/recreation, Support Groups, Sheltered workshop. Contact: 2020 Hampden Boulevard, Reading, PA 19604 • 610-375-8407.
Learning Ally (was Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Learning Ally serves serves people who cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles is the largest of its kind in the world.
AHEDD. "All those seeking employment can receive assistance with: resume preparation; appropriate completion of job applications; job interviews; job search; training assistance at the job site; counseling for job related concerns; transportation training; and follow up services to ensure that the individual is satisfied with their job and meeting the expectations of the employer." Contact: 1150 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing PA 19610 • 610-375-7692 • AHEDD@paonline.com (Administrative Office)
Goodwill Keystone Area. "Goodwill helps persons with disabilities as well as people who are at an economic disadvantage, or may lack education or work experience. Additionally, we provide job skill training to youth and seniors." Contact: Department Contacts & Office Locations
Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown & Vicinity. "VNA offers the most comprehensive menu of home health care services of any agency in Montgomery County and its surrounding area." Contact: 1963 East High Street, Pottstown PA 19464 • 610-327-5700 or 888-862-2911 • Email Form
Covenant Home Care. "A faith-based, non-profit community medical home care agency providing Home Care, Hospice and Private Duty services." Contact: 2615 Perkiomen Ave, Reading PA 19606 • 610-779-6432 or 800-300-3007