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Help with ordering free at-home COVID-19 tests

On January 14, the White House announced a new initiative to help ensure Americans have COVID-19 tests on hand in case they are needed. The website to order at-home testing kits — at no cost — is now live and accepting orders. People who do not have Internet access or who need additional assistance with ordering can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to place their orders. 

The Eldercare Locator and the Disability Information and Assistance Line (DIAL) also can assist older adults and people with disabilities with placing orders if they need additional help, connect people to accessible instructions, and help with administering the tests. Both phone lines are staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern). 

  • Older adults can call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 Monday-Friday or visit the website to chat live or browse resources.  
  • People with disabilities can contact DIAL by calling 888-677-1199 or by emailing The DIAL information specialists are trained to work with people of various communications abilities, including spending as much time as needed to understand callers. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people can reach DIAL using the 711/Video Relay Service (VRS). To use this free service, simply dial 711 to be connected via text with a communications assistant. (For people who do not communicate through speech, sign language or VRS, email is the best option to communicate with DIAL.)

Two important notes:

  • There are enough kits to fill orders for every residential address in the country. 

Orders will begin shipping at the end of January, for both people who placed their orders via the online form in the days when only the online form was available and those who began ordering when the phone lines became available.

Chicago School – Helps the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon County Link!

Amazing how the internet can reach so far! We received an email today from a school teacher in Chicago who is teaching her students about social and moral development in society. They were discussing and reviewing online resources and found our page: The students found it to be full of useful information for their classwork, and reached out to our Link to say thank you!

As a part of their assignment, one student in particular, Stewart, found another informative page on the care of seniors with autism:

They thought that you, our visitors, may be interested in this additional great resource and asked that I share it with you, our readers. This will be shared by their teacher with the class so that others are encouraged to find and share additional resources with others on a topic that their community may need to be educated about.

Join me in thanking the students! You can email your words of appreciation to me at In the subject line – mark your email “Thank you Chicago” and I will send them on to the class for reading.

Thank you students of Chicago! Keep up the wonderful work you are doing!

Lebanon County LINK Meeting Cancelled

Unfortunately we need to cancel the December 3rd, 8:30 AM Lebanon Link partners meeting. Our presenter had an unexpected change in her flight schedule and is unable to present at the meeting. We will reschedule time with April Crossley in the New Year. In the meantime, don’t forget to fill out the survey by clicking on the following link:

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Virtual Caregiver Symposium


  Aging and Disability Business Institute Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Financial Acumen Learning Collaborative
Apply now to participate in the Financial Acumen Learning Collaborative (FALC)! Hosted by the Aging and Disability Business Institute at USAging, the Financial Acumen Learning Collaborative will provide aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to build and strengthen their financial operations and agency sustainability efforts related to contracts with health care entities. Up to 15 organizations will be selected for participation.  

For the purposes of this collaborative, financial acumen is defined as the understanding of what drives agency revenues and expenses and how key financial metrics can be used in defining agency goals. Improving its financial acumen will help your CBO better manage the financial components of health care contracting and enhance its financial and accounting practices. The skills and knowledge FALC participants will gain will help improve budget management, increase revenue and assess the financial value of potential contracting opportunities.  

FALC participants will engage in a curriculum that addresses financial acumen topics and practices such as accurately costing out agency services, assessing net income from various pricing methods and levels, evaluating and managing financial risk, and calculating the return on investment to potential health care partners. This effort is intended to address such areas (and more) to support the pursuit of health care contracts.

Healthnet – Berks County – November 18th

Lancaster LINK Partner meeting

Please be advised that the partner meeting scheduled for 10/21 at 1:00 PM for the Lancaster LINK is experiencing technical difficulties with ZOOM. I have been informed by tech support that the problem should be resolved at or around 1:30 PM. My apologies for the delay and the inconvenience.

Abilities in Motion – Disability Talks

There are 200 types of Dwarfism in the world, Sofiya, Nic and their spouses ironically all have different forms and share with us their challenges as new parents and their extensive body of work in and out of the theater. Listen in to hear more for Dwarfism Awareness Month.   To find out more about our guest, visit these links: Website: Easter Seals Film Challenge:

Click HERE to listen!

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