Looking Forward to a More Accessible Future

Work underway at The Lake House Restaurant in Grant Village

Work underway at The Lake House Restaurant in Grant Village

I’ve been writing about accessible travel for over 20 years now, and I can honestly say that I’ve see a lot of improvements since I first started. Years ago it was hard to find an accessible room at all, and now many hotels have pool lifts. Yes, I know there is always room for improvement, but I’m pleased at the direction that the hospitality industry is moving. Continue reading

Accessible & Artsy Downtown Las Vegas Venue

This Mantis sculpture marks the entrance to the Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas

The folks from the Las Vegas Downtown Project have definitely taken the phrase “re-purpose, reuse and renew” to heart, with the implementation and design of the Downtown Container Park. Located on Fremont Street, just a stone’s throw from the Fremont Experience, this sustainable attraction is built entirely from used shipping containers. Yes, I said shipping containers. Continue reading

A Man, A Woman and an Accessible Wilderness Lodge

Dan and Judy Bauer with Candy Harrington at the future site of the Accessible Wilderness Society lodge and campground.

Dan Bauer has a dream – an inclusive wilderness facility with barrier-free campsites, yurts and even a rustic lodge. And until he met his wife Judy that’s all it was – a dream. Says Judy, “I’m a action kind of person, so I told Dan that he either had to start working to make his dream happen, or stop talking about it and move on.” Says Dan, “And since there’s no way I could stop talking about it, I had to get moving and take some action.” And so The Accessible Wilderness Society was born. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Stock Clerks Everywhere

I realize that this time of year can be very busy for you, but I’d like to take a moment to point out an all too common mistake that turns a perfectly accessible store into one that wheelchair-users simply can’t use. And it’s a mistake that you’re directly contributing to, by the way you do your job. Continue reading

Top Five Access Oversights

I see a lot of accessible rooms and do a lot of site inspections in my travels; and granted, some properties fare much better than others access-wise. I’m an optimist at heart though, and believe that everyone who makes the effort to add access features to their property has good intentions. But you know what they say about the road to Hell and good intentions.

Still, I’m genuinely glad folks make the effort , especially when many are not required to add access features. Continue reading

DOJ Knuckles Under to Powerful Hotel Lobby

In a very disappointing last minute decision, the Department of Justice (DOJ) granted the hotel industry a 60-day extension on the implementation of the new access regulations for pools and hot tubs. Scheduled to go into effect on March15, 2012 the new rules will now become the law of the land on May 15, 2012.

Of will they? Continue reading

New Zealand on Location — Access Intelligently Planned

Roll-n Shower in Room 511 of the Amora Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand.

I was very impressed with the access I found on my first trip to New Zealand; so it comes as no great surprise that I’m even more wowed on my second visit. It’s just my first day here, but after a very long shower to wash away the jet lag, I’m once again bowled over by the sensibility in Kiwi accessible design. Continue reading