PA Veterans Registry

Veterans Registry Logo with Pennsylvania Keystone made out of a flag

The PA VETERANS REGISTRY is an online application that allows veterans, family members and veteran advocates to connect with the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services they have earned. By connecting with DMVA, registrants can also opt-in to receive the weekly DMVA DIGEST, filled with valuable … Read More

Medicare Open Enrollment

Fall has arrived and soon the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period will also be here again. It begins October 15 and ends December 7. That is the time period when you have the opportunity to choose between original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan. If you do not know about Medicare Advantage Plans, then this is the time to learn what … Read More

DEC is seeking applicants for our Service Coordinator Supervisor Position

The Disability Empowerment Center is looking for a Service Coordination Supervisor. The position provides service coordination to participants on Office of Long Term Living waivers in 9 counties. In addition to service coordination, this position requires supervising other service coordinator(s). Preference is for a Master’s Degree, preferably an MSW: will consider BSW working towards Master’s Degree, and 3 years’ experience. … Read More

Congrats to Janet Parker!


Congratulations to Janet Parker for receiving a Professional Development Scholarship from the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center to attend the Deaf Anti-Violence Commission’s 2018 Conference.

DEC is hiring a Transition Coordinator

DEC is currently hiring for a Transition Coordinator.  If you would like more information or would like to submit an application, please contact Melissa Hawkins at

10 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Cards

old versus new medicare cards

Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards starting in April 2018. Here are 10 things to know about your new Medicare card: Mailing takes time: Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s. Destroy your old Medicare card: Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card … Read More

DEC is participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community!

Grab those walking shoes and support the Disability Empowerment Center at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! Join the DEC Team as we we participate as one of 53 non-profits in the Highmark Walk in Harrisburg.  Highmark underwrites the entire cost of the walk so that 100% of the money raised for DEC comes directly to us to support … Read More

Sign Language Classes in Lancaster PA – Spring Dates and Times Announced

People learning ASL

Sign Language Classes in Lancaster PA! The Disability Empowerment Center has announced our Spring ASL (American Sign Language) Classes dates and times. You can use the links below for more information and to register/pay through EventBrite.  All classes are held at our Lancaster Center. ASL Course 1 Spring 2018 – Tuesdays Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – Tuesday, June 5, 2018 … Read More

Shoe Drive!

DEC is having a shoe drive!  Starting March 5th through May 5th, we will be collecting any gently worn, used and new shoes. You can drop them off at: the Disability Empowerment Center at 941 Wheatland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601 For more information or other drop-off/mail options, visit our Shoe Drive website at