Please assist the Commonwealth in Identifying Impediments to Fair Housing in the State

“On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) we invite you to complete a survey which will be used to assess obstacles to and perspectives on fair housing in Pennsylvania. These surveys are designed to collect information from community residents, stakeholder organizations, and jurisdictions for DCED’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The survey period will be from … Read More

Pennsylvania Receives $8.5 Million HUD Award to Provide Permanent Homes and Services to Low-Income Individuals with Disabilities

March 20, 2015 Rental assistance will help prevent unnecessary institutionalization Harrisburg, PA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an $8,557,014 award to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to prevent individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or falling into homelessness. This grant will provide permanent affordable … Read More

Deaf-Blind Living Well Services

The Deaf-Blind Living Well Services (DBLWS) is a new Pennsylvania statewide initiative designed to help individuals who are deaf-blind to access information, achieve independence, and touch the future. This will be accomplished by DBLWS training independent contractors, known as Support Service Providers (SSPs).  SSPs link individuals who are deaf-blind to their environment by providing relevant information and acting as a … Read More

The Power of Twitter: Breaking down physical and attitudinal barriers

Earlier this month in Port Orange, Florida, a deaf woman was allegedly refused service and mocked by United States postal workers at the USPS local office when she sought assistance through written notes. Upon her request, she was met with this short note from the post office manager:     The woman, upset from the experience, shared the moment with … Read More

DEC Success: Phillip Kanter

We like to take a moment on this blog, to highlight a DEC Consumer, their experience with our Center and our staff, and their Success.  This month we spoke with Phillip Kanter, a DEC Consumer in our Lebanon Center. While staying at a shelter for veterans, called the Veteran’s Place, I was given a resource guide, and I came across the … Read More

Area Job Openings March 2015

Sherwin Williams Driver Job Title:  Driver   Reference Code: 1500046M-15036 City: Reading   State: PA   Zip Code: 19606   FEIN#: Description:  Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales, 4,000+ stores, and 90+ manufacturing and technical centers, we proudly serve customers in over 120 countries. Our 45,000+ employees … Read More

OVR Job Readiness Classes

The OVR is hosting monthly Job Readiness classes at the Disability Empowerment Center.  If you are interested, please contact your OVR counselor to join the class.  You can also contact DEC directly for more information by calling (717) 394 -1890.

Another snowy day!

Well it’s been another icy, cold week here in Central PA and the forecast is saying there is more snow coming.  Winter storms are not easy for anyone, but for those with disabilities, the ever-colder winters that bring storms are much more dangerous and difficult to overcome. With ice frozen on the sidewalks and streets and facing possibly several feet … Read More

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: After hours emergency number

DEC has an afterhours cell phone for emergencies, when our office is closed and you can not reach anyone. It is (717) 617-7534. If you need to reach us, call that number and leave your name, phone number and your reason for calling.