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

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

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.