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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Nursing Home Transition Q and A w/ Program Manager Deb Stumpf Nursing Home Transition Q and A w/ Program Manager Deb Stumpf
Thursday, May 20th
11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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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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March 13 to April 15 is National Deaf History Month. This month includes a few important events in history for Deaf Community. On April 8, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the institution that would become Gallaudet University to confer college degrees.

April is #FairHousing Month!! This year's theme, 'Fair Housing: More Than Just Words', reflects a commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing awareness of everyone's right to fair housing. Visit for a guide

Please note, DEC offices will be closed Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday. We will reopen Monday at 8:30 am.

#MobilityMonday Join us for an upcoming virtual training with Jesse Swoyer, A nationally recognized inclusive fitness professional, Jefferson Award Winner and SilverSneaker instructor as he help us with "Pandemic Proof" Steps to Feeling Young.

In honor of Women's History Month we wanted to share some empowering stories of women with disabilities you may not know about, but should #womeninhistory #womenshistorymonth

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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