Wheelchair Accessibility In Two Prominent US Cities

1.4.2019
Curated by
Whitney Bailey
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Curated by
Whitney Bailey

Wolf is a wheelchair user who resides in Auckland, New Zealand. In March of 2018, he traveled around the world to places such as Germany and Spain. He made a few stops in the United States and visited New Orleans and Las Vegas.  

Wolf goes into depth about wheelchair accessibility in the two cities.

“Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessibility seems to be a priority in the USA. That might be different in rural areas, but is definitely true for modern buildings in the big cities…”

New Orleans

accessible street car in new orleans

Wolf was excited to try the food in New Orleans, so as soon as he arrived in the city he ventured to the French Quarter.

Wolf states the restaurant he chose was easily accessible. However, he says there are not a lot of accessible buildings in the area because the French Quater is in the historic part of New Orleans. He writes, “Being a historic part of New Orleans, many of the buildings are quite old, and barrier-free access was only added as an afterthought.”

For many establishments, the accessible entrance is along the side of the building or back door. Wolf suggests having someone with you who can go in and ask about accessibility.

Wolf traveled to New Orleans during hurricane season. Therefore, he was not able to see as many attractions as he wanted. He advises if you are visiting New Orleans to keep the weather in mind. “So, if you go when I did, make sure you’re prepared for all weathers. Everyone who can’t walk knows that you can’t just run and seek shelter, and being wet and sat in a chair isn’t the most pleasant experience,” he says.

Las Vegas

las vegas

Wolf describes Las Vegas as the ‘Disneyland for adults’. He says, “Almost every landmark you might want to see is there and everything is artificial. The Lion of Venice, canals, and gondolas from Italy, the Eiffel Tower, Egyptian hieroglyphs, a sphinx, a pyramid. It’s all there along the world-famous Strip.”

Wolf was very happy with the wheelchair accessibility in Las Vegas. He jokes, “Remember, they want your money, so consequently, they make it easy for you to get where you spend it!”

Wolf advises to prepare yourself for the desert heat if you want to explore Las Vegas outside of the casinos. He writes, “If you want to escape the clutches of the money-swallowing casinos and venture outside, you’ll undoubtedly need to learn to respect the desert, as I did. One day, when it was a bit overcast, I thought I would be able to catch some cooling winds. As I rolled outside, there was wind, but it was coming straight off the scorching desert.”

Wolf visited Caesars Palace while in Las Vegas. He describes the establishment as “More of an entertainment centre than a hotel, it’s massive! Aside from several bars and numerous restaurants, there is the Forum Shops, a fully accessible shopping mall on steroids.”

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