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

Meet the DEC Staff: Kim Carney

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 Kim Carney, our Independent Living Specialist.  Kim also provides ADA Training and Inspections for DEC.  For more information, read about our DEC Access program by clicking here. How did you … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Paula Moyer

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 Paula Moyer, Independent Living Specialist in our Lebanon office. How did you end up working at DEC? I had found out DEC was hiring for a full-time Independent Living specialist in … Read More

Consumer Control…What it Means to You

Consumer Control, not a very common phrase, but it’s an important one. Consumer control means that the consumer has the control over issues that affect their life. As a Center for Independent Living, we take our consumer control philosophy seriously!  We are here to provide assistance and information to our consumers and to support them in the areas of their … Read More

Top 10 Extraordinary People with Disabilities

10. Sudha Chandran – Disability: Amputee Sudha Chandran is an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, Indian film and television actress, who turned to acting following the loss of a leg in an accident in June 1981 near Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Click to read more. 9.  Marla Runyan – Disability: Blind Marla Runyan is an American track and field athlete, road runner and … Read More

DEC Success: Leslie Binkley

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 Leslie Binkley, who is not only a DEC Consumer but also a DEC Board Member and Board Secretary. I discovered the Disability Empowerment Center while I was attending Millersville University.  I needed a place … 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

DEC Success: Lindy Winters Malin

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 Linda Winters Malin, nicknamed Lindy (for the Lindy Hop Dance). Years ago, I became disabled in a moment.  What followed were years of surgeries and my focus was simply – LIVE.  A big … Read More