ASL Interpreters and Certified Deaf Interpreters

The Disability Empowerment Center is now offering ASL Interpretation Services, previously offered by DHHS Lancaster.  For more information, please visit our new DEC Interpreters website, by clicking here.  You can also call Melissa Hawkins at (717) 394-1890 or email to for more information.

DEC receives Magellan Cares Grant

“The Magellan Cares Foundation recently announced that it will offer a series of grants to support Pennsylvania social service organizations that increase access to effective home and community based services and empower participants to maintain independence in the community. Nonprofit and 501(c)(3) organizations that offer services in these areas will be awarded grants to support existing programs and new initiatives.” … Read More

Primary Election – Questions and problems with voting

VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES HELPLINE Primary Election Day is Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Disability Rights Pennsylvania will work with the Elections Protection Coalition to answer questions and remedy voting problems you may experience on Election Day. Election Day problems can include the lack of accommodations, accessible machine failures, inaccessible polling places, and misinformation by poll workers. If you experience issues while … Read More

DEC Success: Andrew Wright

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I first heard about the Disability Empowerment Center through my Pastor’s wife.  People at my church knew that I needed help in finding a job and thought that DEC may be able to help. I had a job at a local grocery store but because they didn’t know how to work with me as a person with a disability, the job … Read More

Stigma Project

Provocative statewide campaign draws attention to stigma against people with disabilities Harrisburg, Pa. (April 5, 2016) – This morning all across Pennsylvania, thousands of thought bubbles appeared with harsh stigmatizing statements such as, “Mentally ill people are dangerous,” “Most ‘disabled’ people are just scamming the system,” and “There’s no such thing as a learning disability—people just need to work harder.” While … Read More