Meet the DEC Staff: Paula Moyer

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Paula Moyer, Independent Living Specialist in our Lebanon office. How did you end up working at DEC? I had found out DEC was hiring for a full-time Independent Living specialist in … Read More

10 Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities

Speak Directly to the person Always speak directly to the person.  Do not speak through a companion or a service provider. Offer to shake hands Always use the same good manners in interacting with a person who has a disability as you would with anyone else. Identify yourself when speaking to a person who is blind As common courtesy, always … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Gina Baum

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Gina Baum, a Peer Mentor at DEC.  Gina is also a consumer and has been highlighted in our DEC Success series.  To read Gina’s DEC Success story, click here. How … Read More

Consumer Control…What it Means to You

Consumer Control, not a very common phrase, but it’s an important one. Consumer control means that the consumer has the control over issues that affect their life. As a Center for Independent Living, we take our consumer control philosophy seriously!  We are here to provide assistance and information to our consumers and to support them in the areas of their … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Katrina Stirn

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Katrina Stirn, Office Administrator for DEC and the employee who’s been with us the longest! How did you end up working at DEC? I applied to an advertisement through an … Read More

Sensitivity Training

We were really excited to see this new video from DC’s Office of Disability Rights.  It’s funny but really shows some true points. We offer Sensitivity Training as part of our Workshops and Trainings.  If you are part of an organization that you believe would benefit from our Sensitivity Training, please contact us to set up a session.

Top 10 Extraordinary People with Disabilities

10. Sudha Chandran – Disability: Amputee Sudha Chandran is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, Indian film and television actress, who turned to acting following the loss of a leg in an accident in June 1981 near Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Click to read more. 9.  Marla Runyan – Disability: Blind Marla Runyan is an American track and field athlete, road runner and … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Melissa Hawkins

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Melissa Hawkins, the Executive Director of DEC.  Deaf since birth, Melissa is keenly sensitive to the issues that persons with disabilities deal with everyday. How did you end up … Read More

Self-Help versus Self-Advocacy

Self-Advocacy Self-Advocacy is the act of advocating for yourself and your rights – speaking up for and protecting yourself (with or without the help of others). Self Advocacy Steps: Identify something you need to change in your life.  Do your homework – is this a possible discrimination issue? What are your civil rights on this particular issue? Decide if you … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Barb Feaser

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Barb Feaser, the Director of Independent Living at the Disability Empowerment Center. How did you end up working at DEC? I had previously worked at the Center For Independent Living … Read More