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

Rally!

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

Please assist the Commonwealth in Identifying Impediments to Fair Housing in the State

“On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) we invite you to complete a survey which will be used to assess obstacles to and perspectives on fair housing in Pennsylvania. These surveys are designed to collect information from community residents, stakeholder organizations, and jurisdictions for DCED’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. The survey period will be from … Read More

Pennsylvania Receives $8.5 Million HUD Award to Provide Permanent Homes and Services to Low-Income Individuals with Disabilities

March 20, 2015 Rental assistance will help prevent unnecessary institutionalization Harrisburg, PA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an $8,557,014 award to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to prevent individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or falling into homelessness. This grant will provide permanent affordable … Read More

The Power of Twitter: Breaking down physical and attitudinal barriers

Earlier this month in Port Orange, Florida, a deaf woman was allegedly refused service and mocked by United States postal workers at the USPS local office when she sought assistance through written notes. Upon her request, she was met with this short note from the post office manager:     The woman, upset from the experience, shared the moment with … Read More