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

Event Image Event Description
Offices Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 26th to Friday, November 27th
All Day
Disability Empowerment Center
Christmas fun with Kim on Zoom
Wednesday, December 16th
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Office Closed: Christmas Holiday
Thursday, December 24th to Friday, December 25th
All Day

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October 27 is the deadline to sign up to vote by mail ballot in the general election.

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A followup post to the zoom training we had earlier this week. If you opt for a mail in ballot, you can track it:
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I WANT TO SEE is conducting a rally in Pittsburgh today to advocate for the money to continue the sustain a statewide SSP program for Deafblind individuals in Pennsylvania! Mor information below. ... See MoreSee Less

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PSA:Are you or your loved one in a nursing home?Is Medicaid/Medical Assistance paying for that care?The nursing home is not the only option.Nursing home residents have a right to live in the community.Want to learn more?Call us at 717-394-1890 to find out how we can help!!

The next session of ASL classes is posted! Register here:

Staff met with the co-founder and CEO of Sugey One, @RichEverts. Sugey One is an at home, artificial intelligence system for individuals with Alzheimers and Autism. We are planning another session in the spring for anyone interested. #Artificialintelligence #Autism #Alzheimers

Have you been curious about Sign Language? Classes forming now for Fall/ Winter. To register or for more information, visit:

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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