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.

Sign Language Course

People learning ASL

Learn American Sign Language (ASL) with us! The Disability Empowerment Center is hosting a 10-week course for individuals who want to learn ASL. The course will run for 10 weeks, beginning on February 16th until May 4th (no class on March 16th), every Thursday at 5pm to 6:30pm.  The fee is $100 for the course. Questions?  For more information or … Read More

ExtraordinaryGive 2016!

This November 18 go the EXTRA mile for the Disability Empowerment Center. On that day, we’re participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. For 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive, make a donation (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by at least $300,000 in stretch pool and prizes. When You Give Extra, Extraordinary Things Happen!  Mark your calendars, Tell … Read More

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Dear Consumer and Medicare Member, 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 … Read More

Welcome Olivia

photo of Olivia Walters

The Disability Empowerment Center announces our new full-time employee, Olivia Walters.  She comes to DEC with over 10 years of experience working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities at several Lancaster organizations, and is joining our team as our new Independent Living/Transition Coordinator.   She is from Lancaster and is very connected to the area; has a passion for helping youth discover and pursue their dreams; … Read More