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    Las Vegas

    I'm planning a trip to Vegas in the spring and I am looking for some hints on accomodations and accessible issues. This is my first holiday since my accident 2 1/2 years ago.
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    Accessibility

    Las Vegas is one of the most accessible tourist destinations in existance. Most of the newer hotels have accessible rooms, including a few (Belagio, Mirage) with ceiling track lifts installed. The big casinos are universally accessible (they want your money too!!). Most have stools in front of tables and machines that you can move out of the way and easily play in your wheelchair. A few have stools that are bolted to the floor, but this is the vast minority.

    You can easily get an accessible van shuttle from the airport to either downtown or the Strip. You can wheel up and down the Strip or Fremont Experience (Downtown) without any problems for the most part. There are curb cuts everywhere in these areas. Some of the city buses are lift-equiped, as is the Strip Shuttle ($3 each time you get on).

    Even in the spring it can be hot there during the day, and early in the spring the evenings can be cool, so be prepared with a sweater (the air conditioning in the casinos is usually blasting). Be prepared for lots of smoke though. The only casino I know of that was non-smoking went back to smoking allowed a few years ago due to loss of business

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    Hi Kate- I'm going next month to Vegas. From what i've heard, all of the major hotels are handicap friendly. I'll let you know how things are when I get back.

    The strip joints are accessible too.

    bill

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    Vegas

    I went to Vegas last spring and it is one of the most accessible places I've been to. I stayed at Balleys (it had wheel-in shower) because it is in the center of the strip so it allowed me to wheel to most of the casinos. The transpotation was great from the airport I took An accessible taxi (van with a lift) At the airport go to gate 10 and tell the attentant you need an accessible taxi they were there in about 15 miinutes. Also at Balleys I just asked the door man to call a taxi and again they were there in about 15 minutes. Each ride I took costed about $10 with tip. Well wirth the money considerind I tried the shuttle and the public bus. Both seemed to be a pain. Here is a site of some use, it will give health care facilities and wheelchair venders in the area in case you need them.
    access-able.com. Also the security guard at Balleys told me if I had any problems with my chair to let him know and they would get me loaner and someone fix mine. Thankfully I did not need it.

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    explain roll in shower,i transfer to a bench.do you have to bring an extre wheelchair

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    Roll-in shower

    This is a shower without a lip so you can roll right into the shower in a wheeled shower chair. Most of these in hotels have a flip-down wall-mounted seat you can use by transferring from your wheelchair (or using a lift) , or offer a portable (non-wheeled) shower chair for your use. If you need a wheeled shower chair you usually have to bring your own.

    Even if you don't plan to shower, a roll-in shower room will have a larger bathroom and generally be easier to use that one with a tub. We use a portable lift, and the roll-in shower area is a very easy, out-of-the-way place to store it when not in use.

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    Hi KateM

    I've been to Vegas 6 or 7 times since my injury. One thing you might want to think about is the plane ride (if your flying). The first class seats are the easiest to get to. If your not flying first class tell them you want the bulk head seat right behind first class, because they have the most room and are easiest to transfer to. Sometimes the bulkhead seats don't have an armrest that moves up so you may want to ask them about that.

    Vegas is very accessible. There are even some reserved accessible tables that they put wheelchair signs on indicating that only handicapt people may sit in that spot at the table. Treasure Island, MGM, Mirage, Luxor, and the Flamingo all have accessible tables. I'm sure others do to. The regular tables are high but duable. The low tables are much better. Make sure you check out The Venitian.

    good spirits

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    KATEM,
    I spent many hours investigating the "ideal vacation" for our family of 4, two teenagers, my husband (SCI) and myself. For our first trip Vegas seemed a good choice as it offered few reminders of prior vacations and by all accounts is easily accessible. Neither of us are gamblers, but the restaurants, shows, swimming pools and shopping sounded wonderful. It was recommended we rent a scooter because everything is so spread out, which you can do with a simple phone call to the main desk and they will refer you to the appropriate place. Unfortunately we were not able to go due to my husbands poor health so please let me know what you think and places you enjoyed. Kathy

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