Meet the DEC Staff: Paula Moyer

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 sit down with Paula Moyer, Independent Living Specialist in our Lebanon office.

Paula MoyerHow did you end up working at DEC?

I had found out DEC was hiring for a full-time Independent Living specialist in Lebanon. I knew I LOVED working for CIL’s and believed in the IL philosophy, so I applied and was hired for the position.

Why did you want to work for DEC?

Because I believe in the IL movement and helping to empower others to live independently in the community.

What is your job title and what do you do at DEC?

I am a Independent Living Specialist.
I work to assist consumers in achieving their goals. Each consumer is an individual, so each goal is tailored to their needs.

What is your favorite part about your job?

The gratification of helping others.

What does “empowerment” mean to you?

Giving someone the ability and tools to achieve independence in the community.

“There isn’t anything that you can’t do now that you could do when you were able-bodied.  It’s just a change in how you do it.  A shift.”

Paula at our DEC picnic.