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

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

Throwback Thursdays

Today we’re throwing back to August 2014 when our staff marched in D.C. to the Capital for the NCIL rally.

Stigma Project

Provocative statewide campaign draws attention to stigma against people with disabilities Harrisburg, Pa. (April 5, 2016) – This morning all across Pennsylvania, thousands of thought bubbles appeared with harsh stigmatizing statements such as, “Mentally ill people are dangerous,” “Most ‘disabled’ people are just scamming the system,” and “There’s no such thing as a learning disability—people just need to work harder.” While … Read More

ADA Compliance Workshop

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More than 50 million Americans – 18% of our population – has a disability and each of these individuals can be a potential customer or employee for your business. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed as a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and … Read More

PASILC Public Forums 2015

“The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC), in partnership with the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is providing opportunities to hear directly from you about what your life experiences are as Pennsylvanians with disabilities. The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) uses money from the federal government to address independent living needs of … Read More

ADA Survey

For our celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, we are going to do a special online series and display called “Our Stories.” We’re looking for individuals with disabilities to share your stories with us! If you’d like to share your story of how the ADA has impacted your life, please follow the link and fill in the survey! … Read More


Our lovely DEC staff at the Capital! A core mission of the Disability Empowerment Center and all Centers for Independent Living is Advocacy and this past Monday, July 15th, our staff took the trip up to Harrisburg to be advocates for individuals with disabilities. We understand that living free in the community depends on all of us letting our elected … Read More

The Simple Act of Listening

Earlier this month, Adam Levine and Maroon 5 had the privilege of meeting their biggest fan. Christopher Warner, 10, is a young Maryland boy with Down’s Syndrome. His meet-and-greet was arranged by a local radio station after Christopher’s elementary school teacher created and shared a YouTube video featuring his devotion to the band. When the time came for Christopher to … Read More