The Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) provides high quality interpreting services in American Sign Language. Services are available throughout Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. The Disability Empowerment Center is a private, nonprofit, nonresidential organization run by and for people with disabilities, so we understand the unique needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Our certified American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters and Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs) are available for a multitude of needs and settings. We also offer American Sign Language classes at our Lancaster, PA Center.
About our Interpreters
Our DEC Interpreters are certified ASL Interpreters and/or Certified Deaf Interpreters who are passionate about the work they do! They are professional and timely; operate under a Professional Code of Conduct; and available to answer questions or address any issues that may arise before, during or after an interpreting assignment. DEC understands that each situation and client is unique so we are committed to addressing your specific needs and will provide the best interpreter for your specific assignment.
According to RID, the Art of Interpreting:
- is the process of transmitting spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) and/or gestures for communication between Deaf and hearing individuals;
- enhances the quality of interaction between the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities;
- and serves as a tool in bridging communication gaps.
Sign Language Interpreting makes communication possible between individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and hearing individuals. It can require a number of skills and thorough understanding of American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Interpreters must understand the subject matter they are working with in order to interpret it from one language to another. They must also be able to understand cultural context, in order to accurately interpret the information being communicated.
Interpreters will always strive to remain unbiased toward the content of their work and will not modify the meanings or tone of what is being communicated. For this reason, some Interpreters may request materials prior to an assignment in order to prepare. Confidentiality is always understood and Interpreters will always refrain from sharing any information regarding an assignment or what was communicated during that assignment.
About the Disability Empowerment Center
The Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) is the Center for Independent Living (CIL) for people with diverse disabilities in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Established in 2002, DEC is a private, nonprofit, nonresidential organization run by and for people with disabilities. We dedicate our efforts to attaining equal opportunity and full participation of people with diverse disabilities in all aspects of life in our community. DEC provides free and confidential services that prioritize self determination, consumer control and personal choice to individuals of all ages, and with all types of disabilities. Through all of our individual and collective efforts, we work to eliminate barriers, ensure access, protect civil rights, and effect positive social change.