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.

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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.

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All events cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.

Upcoming DEC & Community Events

Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting(CAC)
Tuesday, August 11th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
York OVR District Office
Offices Closed-Labor Day
Monday, September 7th
All Day
Disability Empowerment Center
Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting(CAC)
Tuesday, November 10th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
York OVR District Office
Offices Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 26th to Friday, November 27th
All Day
Disability Empowerment Center
Office Closed: Christmas Holiday
Thursday, December 24th to Friday, December 25th
All Day

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Millions of Americans are receiving a stimulus payment from the federal government. For individuals with disabilities, this payment may count as an asset and reduce means-tested benefits unless it is spent or put into an ABLE savings account within 12 months from receipt.

ABLE-eligible individuals may want to consider saving all or a portion of their payment in a tax-advantaged ABLEnow account. If funds aren't needed immediately, the stimulus is an opportunity to build an emergency fund, invest for the future, and have money available on your ABLEnow Card when you need it most.

ABLEnow accounts:
• Do not affect eligibility for most benefit programs, such as Medicaid and SSI.
• Are tax-advantaged, so earnings grow tax free.
• Can accept contributions from anyone: the account owner, family and friends.
• Are available to eligible individuals in all 50 states.
In this time of uncertainty, funds in an ABLEnow account can provide financial peace of mind. Open and manage an ABLEnow account online from the comfort of home today.
See below and also reach out to PA Department of Treasury for ABLE Accounts for related guidance on Federal Stimulus checks: www.paable.gov/
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We recently received some transparent face masks. If anyone in Lancaster or Lebanon would like any please email Katrina at kstirn@decpa.org.
ETA: these are from www.theclearmask.com. We are currently giving out two at a time.They are available by the box on this website. We have also been made aware of another site selling them www.rafinova.comWe recently received some transparent face masks. If anyone in Lancaster or Lebanon would like any please email Katrina at kstirn@decpa.org.
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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: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/disability-empowerment-center-10726283047

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/disability-empowerment-center-10726283047

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Center Locations

Lancaster Center

941 Wheatland Avenue, Suite 201
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