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 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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Office Closed: Good Friday Office Closed: Good Friday
Friday, April 2nd
All Day
Disability Empowerment Center

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#MobilityMonday Let's get moving with Jesse Swoyer. ... See MoreSee Less
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#FreedomFriday #Inclusion Announcing: Nursing Home Transition Lunch & Learn!Please join us for an online education session on a new program that we are very excited about! We are Introducing Deb Stumpf, our Nursing Home Transition Specialist. She will be working with individuals who are currently in congregant settings who have a desire to live in the community. This will give you an opportunity to ‘meet’ Deb, watch a short video and ask questions. Please email or call Katrina at 717-394-1890 or kstirn@decpa.org to register or for more information. March 26, 2021 11:30 AM-1 PM Click here to sign up: bit.ly/3uAoBihDEC attempts to provide all necessary reasonable accommodations, but we need advance notice. If you are planning to attend and need accommodations, please contact us today. ... See MoreSee Less
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World-Renowned Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann – Live Event!Judy Heumann is recognized internationally for her lifelong civil rights advocacy work for people with disabilities. Penn State University is hosting a live stream event on March 3, 2021 featuring Judy, commemorating more than 30 years of the ADA. #pennstateuniversity #judyheumann #ada #DisabilityRightsAreCivilRights #freedomfriday Click here to learn more! ow.ly/KFBl50Dy5BhWorld-Renowned Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann – Live Event!Judy Heumann is recognized internationally for her lifelong civil rights advocacy work for people with disabilities. Penn State University is hosting a live stream event on March 3, 2021 featuring Judy, commemorating more than 30 years of the ADA. #PennStateUniversity #JudyHeumann #ADA #DisabilityRightsAreCivilRightsClick here to learn more! www.watch.psu.edu/diversability/judy-heumann/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Sharing some important information
the COVID-19 Vaccine. Available in multiple languages here : http://ow.ly/x4Kj50DQatj #COVIDupdate

We are starting up our "Meet the DEC Staff" series again with Deb Stumpf! We are so thankful she is back!! #ThankfulThursday Read more here: http://ow.ly/WR8Z50DIZfj

Please note, DEC offices will be closed Monday, February 15 in observance of President's Day. They will reopen Tuesday at 8:30 am.

Modifications to our homes help us live more independent lives. Contact Self Determination Housing of Pennsylvania, INC for more information or for an application #FreedomFriday

We're thankful that there are now #ASL interpreters at White House events. #ThankfulThursday https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x1CIISxQmA4&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3jloWtc9EKKB5LiR6eu94e6GXU3M3AcJut2BIVDW6QBSvly92NB7BeZMk

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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