The Government is Hiring!

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The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting 2.7 million individuals across the country to assist with the 2020 census count. This spring, the Census Bureau will launch the largest 2020 Census field operation.  Known as Nonresponse Follow-up, Census takers are tasked with knocking on doors to follow up with households who have not responded to the census questionnaire.  Applications are being … Read More

Lancaster Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation survey

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The Lancaster MPO is updating its long-range transportation plan. The plan, known as the Lancaster County 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) or “connects2040” for short, will serve as a blueprint for the county’s decision-making on transportation services and projects. It will also include a long-term spending plan for addressing critical infrastructure needs over the next 25 years. When completed, the … Read More

On July 26th, 1990, the “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) was signed into law. This was a landmark civil rights achievement. Throughout the month of July, you can help us celebrate this empowering moment. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the ADA. Every day, people with disabilities overcome obstacles others can afford to overlook. Throughout the … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Mariel Torres


Mariel was born in Mexico, and moved to the United States at age 2. Growing up, Mariel has always spent time helping her parents and others in her community as a Spanish translator. Mariel graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School where she devoted her time volunteering with the Kiwanis Club, IU13 Classroom and was the captain of the Mini-THON committee. … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: James Callaway


James is not new to the disability world or the Disability Empowerment Center(DEC). He has been a consumer of DEC’s for several years. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 30 years ago and lives a very empowered, independent life in Lancaster with his wife Shelly, and his dog Krissy. In the past he was a disability advisor for Disability Digest, … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Deb Stumpf


We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we introduce you to Deborah Stumpf, Nursing Home Transition Coordination Specialist. Deb is back at DEC after a long hiatus. She will be developing a Nursing Home Transition Program (NHTP) for our CIL. … Read More

Come on Down!!!

welcome to the team

Happy 2021!! We wanted to touch base with all of our dedicated supporters to let you know of some exciting things happening here at DEC. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have downsized our staff that is working in house, which enabled us to move from Suite 201 on the second floor into a smaller, more accessible office space on … Read More

WEEKLY FAMILY FORUMS with PA Family Network (Zoom meetings)

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“Join other families and individuals with disabilities through April to discuss the current impact of the Corona Virus in our lives. This is an opportunity to share questions and concerns, as well as get the latest updates. At participant’s request, specific questions and concerns can be shared with the Office of Developmental Programs in an effort to meet the needs … Read More


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Adaptive Tennis is a program that supports and promotes tennis for the recreational and social enjoyment of individuals with physical, mental or emotional challenges. The game of tennis can be adapted to accommodate any ability. Adaptions include smaller courts, lower nets, appropriately sized racquets, low compression larger size tennis balls and balls that jingle for the visually impaired. The USTA … Read More