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.

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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 to register or for more information. March 26, 2021 11:30 AM-1 PM Click here to sign up: 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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In honor of #pridemonth2021, a few tips from Crip Camp on holding #accessible events. #FreedomFriday #loveislove

Please note, DEC offices will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen Tuesday, June 1.

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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