Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania is proud to be an agency partner of the United Way of Berks County. We receive over $300,000 annually from the United Way of Berks County to provide the following services for free or at a reduced cost to Berks County families:
By supporting the United Way of Berks County annual campaign, you support Easterseals Eastern PA. Last year, the campaign raised more than $11 million to support community needs and to invest in high performing, high priority programs. United Way of Berks County funds more than 80 programs at 35 agency partners; helps kids become better readers through the Ready.Set.READ! initiative; offers grants to a wide variety of organizations; provides initiatives like the Volunteer Center, 211 and FamilyWize; and serves as a community convener, bringing together people and organizations around community needs.
About our programs funded by United Way of Berks County
At our center in Reading, we offer outpatient therapy to children and teens with a variety of illnesses, disabilities or other special needs. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and a social skills therapeutic group. We have several bilingual (Spanish/English) staff who provide interpretation and translation to our Latino community. Having a pediatric outpatient facility within the city limits, provides families with access to specialized, quality healthcare close to home.
In July 2020, we added an innovative suite of gait-therapy equipment to our program. We also offer Interactive Metronome, an innovative therapy that can be used with patients across the therapy spectrum such as those with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.
Specialty Medical Clinics
We bring top-quality medical and surgical specialists from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and other premier healthcare organizations to our community so that children with disabilities can receive specialized care close to home.
Clinics offered include neurology, orthopedic and orthotic. We provide case management for families if they need additional ancillary services related to the clinics. Spanish translation services are available and we have a Patient Assistance Fund to help alleviate challenges that result in a barrier to access our services (travel, childcare, etc.).
Autism Diagnostic Clinic
Easterseals conducts free Autism Diagnostic Clinics in Berks County utilizing a unique telehealth model in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Children, ages 18 months to three years, are referred to the clinic through Service Access & Management (SAM). Offering this to young children meets a critical community need – to provide access to autism diagnosis as early as possible. In addition, we offer training for families of children who have received a diagnosis of autism on Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, a type of therapy that helps improve communication and social interactions, develop new skills and support positive behavior. The ABA therapy training program is available to all families, not just those who are diagnosed through our clinic.
Make the First Five Count
The purpose of Make the First Five Count (MTFFC) is to conduct free developmental screenings of children age five and under in order to monitor child development, track progress and identify potential issues so that concerns can be addressed. Many parents are unsure what developmental markers their child should be achieving. Similarly, parents who fear their child is not advancing at an appropriate pace and parents who are curious about their child’s development are often unaware of the services available in their community. MTFFC builds awareness, provides answers and solutions to parents, and gives children at risk of developmental delays, disabilities or autism the right support they need to be school-ready and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Camp Lily Berks
Camp Lily is a day camp offered in a series of one-week sessions in July and August. Individuals with disabilities age 8 through young adult enjoy a full schedule of arts and crafts activities, outdoor sports, swimming, music, games, fitness activities, science exploration, field trips to local attractions and guests teaching special topics.
Hang Time is an evening recreation program for teens and young adults. Participants enjoy spending time with friends while engaging in activities in the community. The program is community-based, offering participants a different experience each week, including bowling, fitness, shopping trips, movies, trips to local attractions and events, and special activities such as a Halloween and Super Bowl parties.