DEC the Halls Annual Holiday Event & Silent Auction!

OUR ANNUAL DEC THE HALLS EVENT! This year’s DEC the Halls will be held on Wednesday, December 6th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Hamilton Ballroom (1741 Wheatland Place, Lancaster).  We’ll have food and drinks, music and dancing and our ever-growing Silent Auction. To RSVP, email Katrina at kstirn@decpa.org or call our office at (717) 394-1890.

DEC’s Fully Accessible Haunted House in the News!

Our first Fully Accessible Haunted House was a giant success and tons of fun!  We even got some media attention – Fox43 “Fully Accessible Haunted Attraction” Lancaster Newspapers “On trick-or-treat night, we believe the more the merrier, not scarier [opinion]” Lancaster Newspapers “Disability Empowerment Center offers fully accessible haunted house in Lancaster today” Lancaster Newspapers “Scares for all: Lancaster nonprofit … Read More

Central PA’s Only FULLY ACCESSIBLE Haunted House!

The Disability Empowerment Center is so excited to announce: Central PA’s only FULLY Accessible Haunted House! Tuesday, October 24 at 12 PM – 6 PM All-Inclusive Effects for the visually impaired, hearing impaired and deaf! We’ll have a mad scientist room, bug room, and graveyard! 12 to 2 PM Sensory Sensitive Lights & sounds removed for anyone with sensory issues 2 to 6 PM … Read More

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power

The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! Have you registered to vote? The REV UP Campaign offers an online voter registration tool powered by Rock The Vote to get you registered and prepared … Read More

DEC ADA Picnic – July 21st!

Join us as we celebrate the anniversary of the ADA! We’ll have: food music games TJ’s Ice Cream Truck with ice cream for everyone, and more! At Long’s Park Pavilion #2 – US-30 & Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 – look for the signs to find the pavilion (map) Everyone is invited to attend!!  RSVP by July 17th by calling (717) … Read More

Support DEC with Amazon Smile!

Did you know? When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Disability Empowerment Center, Inc. Start your shopping from this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-2740932 and you’ll support us every time you shop on Amazon!

New ABLE savings program increases independence for people with disabilities, advocates say

A long-standing barrier to Pennsylvania residents with disabilities fell this week with the start of Achieving a Better Life Experience, a program that lets them save up to $14,000 a year while receiving government benefits. “It is a major game-changer,” said Maureen Westcott, executive director of The Arc of Lancaster County, a nonprofit that advocates for people with intellectual and … Read More

Melissa Hawkins on Community Panel

Melissa Hawkins, Executive Director of the Disability Empowerment Center will take part in a Community Panel on April 4th as part of 2016-17 On Screen/In Person program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the airing of the movie States of Grace.  More information here.

Young and Empowered 2017

DEC’s Youth Transition Summer Program will begin on July 10th! To help youth with disabilities transition (or prepare to transition in the future) from High School to adult life, we offer the Young and Empowered summer program. About the Program: Meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Lancaster (941 Wheatland Ave. #201, Lancaster) or every Monday and Wednesday in Lebanon (243 Schneider Drive, Lebanon) … Read More

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