Annual ADA Anniversary Picnic!

    Our annual ADA Anniversary Picnic will be held on July 29th from Noon to 3pm.  Join us as we celebrate the anniversary of the ADA! We’ll have food, music, games and more this year! Lancaster Mounted Police Veterans’ Speeches IM Able Demonstrations Representatives from UDS and Changing Hands Bean bag toss Patriotic keychain making Music and dancing Raffle … Read More

DEC Success: Melody Herbert

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Each month we take a moment to highlight a DEC Consumer, their experience with our Center and our staff, and their Success.  This month we spoke with Melody Herbert. I first heard about the Disability Empowerment Center through a friend who was already a Consumer at DEC. I was very distraught and did not know how to get the support … Read More

Pennsylvania Agriculture Department offers seniors vouchers for fresh produce

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is again offering older countv residents vouchers for fresh, Pennsylvania-grown fruit and vegetables sold at area farmers markets Recipients must be at least 60 years old and earn less than $21,257 a year ($28,694 for two persons). People living in residential facilities that provide meals are not eligible. Those unable to travel to distribution sites … Read More

Video Phones are not working.

Due to unexpected issues, our video phones are currently not working. DEC will have this resolved as soon as possible. Should you need to reach DEC, please call our direct number 717-394-1890 through your video phone or email Thank you.


DEC’s Youth Transition Summer Program will begin on July 11th! 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. Click here to sign up to receive email updates on this program.   About the Program: At our LANCASTER Center: Every Tuesday and Thursday   … Read More

Speakers Needed – Young and Empowered

A summer program supporting young adults, ages 16 – 21, with disabilities who are making the transition from High School to adult life. Speakers needed for all related topics, including: Budgeting, Social Media, Vocational Opportunities, Community Activities, Travel, Skills Training, Independent Living skills Training, Vocational Advocacy, and more. July 11th through August 18th Every Monday in LEBANON- 11:00 am to … Read More

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