Wheelchair/Handicap accessible homes: Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix Arizona

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    Disability Empowerment Center was introduced to the public during open house on February 20th.

After groundbreaking nearly two years ago. the Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix held its public open house on February 20, 2009.  The 45,000 sq.ft building was constructed as a national model for accessible designand houses many not for profit organizations that serve those with disabilities.

According to Phil Pangrazio, the executive director of ABIL, "The Disability Empowerment Center will offer individuals with disabilities and their families empowering programs and integrated services and will create synergistic partnerships and collaborations that promote and enhance the choice, dignity, rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities and their families,"  


I attended the open house on Friday and was able to become better acquainted with the organizations that now call the Disability Empowerment Center home.

  • Arizona Bridge to Independent Living. ABIL offers many programs for the benefit of those with disabilities such as employment services, home modification, ADA services, socialization through recreation programs,etc.
  • Arizona Autism United . A not for profit human service co-op providing services to children with autism spectrum disorders in Arizona.  
  • Arizona Center for Disability Law . A not for profit public interest law firm, dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals witha wide range of physical, mental, psychiatric, sensory and cognitive disabilities.
  • Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association . The Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association is a not for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries, and support and education to family members, professionals, and community members.
  • Joni and Friends . Ministry outreach to people with disabilities and their families across the US and around the world. 
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society . Founded in 1956, the Arizona Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is a not-for-profit agency serving more than 6,000 people with MS adn their families.
  • PRN Medical Services . PRN Medical Services Inc. offers an extensive selection of products for most in-home treatment or rehabilitation program prescribed.
  • Raising Special Kids .  A not-for-profit organization of families helping families of children with disabilities and special needs in Arizona. All programs and their services are free of charge.
  • Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) . Their emphasis is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.
  • Valley Center of the Deaf . Empowering individuals of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities.

 The Disability Empowerment Center has plans for constructing a sports and fitness center in the near future. 

The center is shining example of an accessible work place and most important offers resources, programs and education in one location for those with disabilities.  It is also located on the light rail route.

For those needing help in finding a wheelchair handicap accessilbe home in the Phoenix area including Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Mesa or Scottsdale, please visit finding a wheelchair accessible home.  You may also call me at 480-326-8571.  Also visit my blog that features articles about handicap and wheelchair accessible housing in the Phoenix area.













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Carolyn Wagstaff


I have a 28 year old son, Jordan T. Wagstaff, who is affected with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Thoughout his life he has had deficits in written and oral expression and judgement. He still lives at home with us and has worked at Albertson's Food Store 750 S Guadalupe Road, Tempe, AZ 85283 for the last ten years. He obtained that job through Work Bridge Program at Marcos de Niza High School and Jodi Sharp the coordinator during his senior year.

Jordan has many strengths, i.e., accuracy with money, good customer service skills; however, his employment at Albertson's has not been without some mis-understandings. I have served as his advocate there in explaining his relatively slight need for accommodation that any employer should be able to meet. For example, provide a written list if there are a host of multiple tasks that have to be completed, so he can check them off and not miss something.

Things are not going well for him at Albertson's lately, even though he has worked there 10 years and had multiple good customer service awards. Is there anywhere he could get some employment advocacy/mentoring since he is truly disabled?

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