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

Free Thanksgiving Meals in Lancaster

picture of turkey dinner

Looking for a location that is hosting a Free Thanksgiving meal in Lancaster County this year? If so, PA 211 East has compiled a list of these locations. lancaster-free-thanksgiving-meals or #Dial211 for information.

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

Meet the DEC Staff: Jesus Domena

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we sit down with Jesus Domena, an Independent Living Specialist and Event Coordinator for DEC.  He also happens to be our decorator-extraordinaire.  If you’ve been to one of our events and see his … 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

Meet the DEC Staff: Gina Baum

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Gina Baum, a Peer Mentor at DEC.  Gina is also a consumer and has been highlighted in our DEC Success series.  To read Gina’s DEC Success story, click here. How … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Katrina Stirn

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Katrina Stirn, Office Administrator for DEC and the employee who’s been with us the longest! How did you end up working at DEC? I applied to an advertisement through an … Read More

DEC Success: James Callaway

Each month we take a moment to highlight a DEC Consumer, their experience with our Center and our staff, and their Success.  This month we spoke with James Callaway. While working with the Disability Digest, I heard about the Disability Empowerment Center.  I was filling out some paperwork for the county assistance office and for health insurance, and was overwhelmed … Read More