The Disability Empowerment Center provides two kinds of advocacy: consumer advocacy and community advocacy.

Consumer Advocacy

Consumer advocacy involves center staff empowering people with disabilities to speak for themselves and advocate for fundamental rights.  We operate under consumer control, so empowering people with disabilities to speak for themselves and assert their rights under the American with Disabilities Act and other civil rights, is an important component of the services we provide.

Individual advocacy is demonstrated through activities that are part of one’s plan for Independent Living. Grassroots advocacy provides opportunities for the larger disability community to express their options and voice around the many issues affecting the disabled in their everyday lives.

“They have helped me to be an advocate for others with disabilities.”

Community Advocacy

Community advocacy involves raising public awareness, breaking down physical and attitudinal barriers, and creating change in our local community.  The purpose of community advocacy is to make it easier for all persons with disabilities to live more independently.

This is accomplished through attendance at public meetings, meeting with business owners and schools, and participating in stakeholder activities both in the county and statewide.

We offer several community advocacy services including:

  • Disability awareness and issues training for businesses, civic groups, churches, schools, community agencies, etc.
  • Individualized interactive presentations on disability issues
  • ADA & UCC ASSISTANCE – Technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and PA’s Uniform Construction Code including comprehensive ADA on-site assessments (affordable fee charged)

All DEC staff participate in Advocacy Services.