Shoe Drive!

DEC is having a shoe drive!  Starting March 5th through May 5th, we will be collecting any gently worn, used and new shoes. You can drop them off at: the Disability Empowerment Center at 941 Wheatland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601 For more information or other drop-off/mail options, visit our Shoe Drive website at http://ourshoedrive.com/disability-empowerment-center/

ExtraGive 2017 is coming!

This November 17th go the EXTRA mile for the Disability Empowerment Center. For 24 hours, you can give extra to support the Disability Empowerment Center! Donate online on that day and your gift will be stretched by the #ExtraGive pool of a half million dollars! And this year…..the Disability Empowerment Center has a matching donor! All donations (up to $5,000) … Read More

Central PA’s Only FULLY ACCESSIBLE Haunted House!

The Disability Empowerment Center is so excited to announce: Central PA’s only FULLY Accessible Haunted House! Tuesday, October 24 at 12 PM – 6 PM All-Inclusive Effects for the visually impaired, hearing impaired and deaf! We’ll have a mad scientist room, bug room, and graveyard! 12 to 2 PM Sensory Sensitive Lights & sounds removed for anyone with sensory issues 2 to 6 PM … 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

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.

DEC will now provide Deaf and Hard of Hearing Case Management

“It is with both sadness and excitement that we are announcing that case management services will be provided by the Disability Empowerment Center, beginning on March 1, 2016. DEC is very skilled at producing positive outcomes for clients.” DHHS Lancaster Starting March 1st, DEC will begin offering Case Management services specifically for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community with the goal of breaking … Read More

Lancaster County organizations serving free Thanksgiving meals

picture of turkey dinner

From Lancaster Newspapers Here are the organizations that will be serving Thanksgiving dinner before or after Thanksgiving Day. First Baptist Church of Lancaster 612 N. Duke St., Lancaster; Phone: 717-392-8818; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Gap Community Church 835 Houston Run Drive, Gap; Phone:  717-442-8549; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Meal is intended for Gap area/Pequea Valley … 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