Upcoming Fall 2017 Sign Language Courses!

People learning ASL

Learn American Sign Language (ASL) with us! The Disability Empowerment Center will host three ASL courses this Fall and you are invited to join us.  Our courses will include ASL I for all beginners to ASL, and ASL II for anyone who has taken an ASL I course. ASL 1 Evenings ASL 1 Mornings ASL 2 Evenings Questions?  For more … Read More

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power

The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! Have you registered to vote? The REV UP Campaign offers an online voter registration tool powered by Rock The Vote to get you registered and prepared … Read More

DEC ADA Picnic – July 21st!

Join us as we celebrate the anniversary of the ADA! We’ll have: food music games TJ’s Ice Cream Truck with ice cream for everyone, and more! At Long’s Park Pavilion #2 – US-30 & Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 – look for the signs to find the pavilion (map) Everyone is invited to attend!!  RSVP by July 17th by calling (717) … Read More

Young and Empowered Summer Program – Dates Announced!

Registration is now open for our Young & Empowered Summer Youth Transition Program.  The program will run in Lancaster on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 11th to August 17th (register here) and in Lebanon on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 10th to August 16th (register here).

DEC Fundraiser at ISAAC’s Lititz!

On Monday, June 5th, 2017 from 5 pm to 9 pm ISAAC’S in Lititz will host a fundraiser to aid the Disability Empowerment Center (DEC). Bring your family and friends to enjoy great food, while supporting DEC. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost of your meal will go DIRECTLY towards funding programs. We hope to see you there!

Support DEC with Amazon Smile!

Did you know? When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Disability Empowerment Center, Inc. Start your shopping from this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2740932 and you’ll support us every time you shop on Amazon!

New ABLE savings program increases independence for people with disabilities, advocates say

A long-standing barrier to Pennsylvania residents with disabilities fell this week with the start of Achieving a Better Life Experience, a program that lets them save up to $14,000 a year while receiving government benefits. “It is a major game-changer,” said Maureen Westcott, executive director of The Arc of Lancaster County, a nonprofit that advocates for people with intellectual and … Read More

Melissa Hawkins on Community Panel

Melissa Hawkins, Executive Director of the Disability Empowerment Center will take part in a Community Panel on April 4th as part of 2016-17 On Screen/In Person program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the airing of the movie States of Grace.  More information here.

Young and Empowered 2017

DEC’s Youth Transition Summer Program will begin on July 10th! To help youth with disabilities transition (or prepare to transition in the future) from High School to adult life, we offer the Young and Empowered summer program. About the Program: Meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Lancaster (941 Wheatland Ave. #201, Lancaster) or every Monday and Wednesday in Lebanon (243 Schneider Drive, Lebanon) … Read More

Welcome Paul Fogle!

All of us at DEC would like to welcome our newest member of our Board of Directors, Paul Fogle!  For more information about our Board, visit the Board page.