ExtraordinaryGive 2016!

This November 18 go the EXTRA mile for the Disability Empowerment Center. On that day, we’re participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. For 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive, make a donation (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by at least $300,000 in stretch pool and prizes. When You Give Extra, Extraordinary Things Happen!  Mark your calendars, Tell … Read More

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Dear Consumer and Medicare Member, Fall has arrived and soon the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period will also be here again. It begins October 15 and ends December 7. That is the time period when you have the opportunity to choose between original Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan. If you do not know about Medicare Advantage Plans, then this is … Read More

Welcome Olivia

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The Disability Empowerment Center announces our new full-time employee, Olivia Walters.  She comes to DEC with over 10 years of experience working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities at several Lancaster organizations, and is joining our team as our new Independent Living/Transition Coordinator.   She is from Lancaster and is very connected to the area; has a passion for helping youth discover and pursue their dreams; … Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Deaf Awareness Week / International Week of the Deaf

The Disability Empowerment Center & DEC Interpreters celebrate Deaf Awareness Week / International Week of the Deaf with a picnic and meet & greet. Deaf Awareness Week – also known as the International Week of the Deaf (IWD) – is celebrated internationally, annually and ends with the International Day of the Deaf. This year’s IWD will be held from September … Read More

Fundraiser for DEC at Panera Bread

Help support the DISABILITY EMPOWERMENT CENTER (DEC) September 29, 2016 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at 2092 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 (click for directions) Click to download the flyer. Then bring this flyer when you dine with us and we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase. Please hand in a hard copy or … Read More

Throwback Thursdays

Today we’re throwing back to August 2014 when our staff marched in D.C. to the Capital for the NCIL rally.

Get to Know DEC

by Jojo Faircloth Imagine you have an appointment with DEC. You walk into the building, and find the Disability Empowerment Center. You let the receptionist know you’re here for your appointment, and then you take a seat and wait for a bit. You think about the reason why you’re here. Maybe you’re in a wheelchair and you need help finding … Read More

More Than a Model and Just Getting Started

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by Jojo Faircloth He’s one of the most talked about celebrities and he has won not one but two reality TV shows, literally making history in the process. The Deaf community is blowing up about Nyle DiMarco on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else. As mentioned in the previous article, the A.G. Bell Assoc. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing … Read More

Sugar or Spice: What Would Be Nice for Deaf Children

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by Jojo Faircloth An ongoing feud has been fired up recently involving the Deaf community and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For the Deaf community, this has also lead to a dramatic increase of debates on Facebook about bilingualism, and whether ASL for Deaf children should be a requirement or an option. Nyle … Read More

Staying safe in the summer heat

From the ASPR blog (visit their blog) “For most parts of the country, summer brings lots of heat. Over the last few weeks, just about everybody has been feeling the heat. Cities and towns from across the country have been coping with heat advisories and trying to find ways to stay cool. Some people handle the heat pretty well. They … Read More