Breaking through the barriers to Independent Living.

The Disability Empowerment Center is the Center for Independent Living serving Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. DEC is a private, nonprofit, nonresidential organization run by and for people with disabilities. We dedicate our efforts to breaking through the barriers to Independent Living.



Contact DEC

(717) 394-1890 | Main

(717) 769-2922 | Lebanon

(717) 208-8593 | Sorenson VP


Slide "DEC is a place where everyone accepts me for who I am. It is part of my lifeline."

We offer the 5 Core Services that every Center for Independent Living offers including Independent Living Skills, Peer Mentoring, Information and Referral, Transition and Advocacy. We also offer many other services for individuals with disabilities, free of charge.



All in person events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds for information on upcoming virtual events.

Upcoming DEC & Community Events

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Monday, September 6th
All Day
Disability Empowerment Center

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Today is the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- the ADA is an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities. #inclusion #disability #disabilityawareness #ADAAware #GetDECPA #ADA31 ... See MoreSee Less
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The Virtual @FightGoesOnPA conference registration is live. To find out more information or to register visit: #TechnologyTuesday

For the first time , the Paralympics will be broadcast in prime time, starting on August 24 with the Opening Ceremonies. #WellnessWednesday

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Please note, DEC offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We will reopen Tuesday at 8:30 am.

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Center Locations

Lancaster Center

941 Wheatland Avenue, Suite B-1
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603

Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Lebanon Center

243 Schneider Drive
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 17046

Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm