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Disability Empowerment Center Information

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The Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) is a 62,000-square-foot universally designed, accessible and transit-oriented non-profit resources center serving the disability community in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area.  A national model for accessible design and collaborative programming, the DEC is located in the heart of Phoenix, less than two and a half miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and situated conveniently on the Valley Metro light rail system.

In addition to ABIL, the following disability-related organizations are located in the Disability Empowerment Center (click on the name to visit the website):

The DEC is available for day and evening use and its venues provide the setting for meetings, conferences, holiday parties, weddings and other corporate and social events.

Take a look at what the DEC has to offer:

Conference Center

The Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center is a state-of-the-art video conferencing facility that features 3,034 square feet of conference space that can be divided into two separate meetings rooms.  In its entirety, the conference center can seat 110 guests and up to 150 people non-seated.  Adjacent courtyards provide the perfect setting for an outdoor cocktail hour or buffet meal.

Conference Center features include:

Audio and video teleconferencing
In-house PC
Two laptop connections
DVD capabilities
Four large screens with projectors
A full service catering kitchen for events
Listening systems and descriptive video

Classroom A

At 526 square feet, Classroom A can accommodate 15 individuals and is ideal for a small meeting or seminar.  The room has teleconference capabilities and is fragrance-free, with a dedicated HEPA filtration system for persons with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).

Classroom B

Classroom B measures 732 square feet and can accommodate 25 people.  With teleconferencing and a fully accessible kitchen, Classroom B is perfect for a breakfast or lunch meeting.

Rooftop Patio

The DEC boasts a 7,400 square-foot lighted patio that accommodates nearly 500 guests.  With sweeping panoramic views of South Mountain and Tovrea Castle to the north, the patio is a breathtaking and memorable setting for weddings, cocktail receptions and other outdoor events.

Computer Lab

The 377 square-foot computer lab features 11 computer work stations- ideal for workshops and classes for smaller groups.


For more information about reserving one of our exceptional meeting spaces for your next event please contact Clinton McDaniel at 602 443 0714 or at ClintonM@ABIL.org.

That’s Not All

The Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center (SpoFit) is located on the same campus as ABIL and the DEC.


This universally accessible sports and fitness center is designed to bring people together with all different types of disabilities, of all ages, to encourage wellness, physical fitness and nutritional health.

The 45,000-square-foot sports, fitness and aquatics center is the first of its kind in the Western United States.  In addition to hosting competitive sports programs for persons with disabilities, the center accommodates fitness, health and wellness programs.

Learn more about the SpoFit

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