Las Vegas, Nevada
Touring Las Vegas on Wheels
What’s up guys…
I am writing this blog while on my way back from a wonderful week long trip to Vietnam. My new Vietnam Vlog will be out soon.
I was recently watching a very interesting movie called ‘MUSIC WITHIN’ starring Ron Livingston. It is about a soldier returning to America from Vietnam after suffering massive hearing loss during the Vietnam War. He hooks up with an unlikely circle of friends where he finds his new calling in life. It is the true story of Richard Pimentel, the soldier in question, who becomes the spokesperson and activist for the disabled. His gallant efforts over many years resulted in the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the late 1980’s. A really good true, inspiring story.
Anyway, as some of you may know, some time ago I injured my ankle quite seriously, which permanently stopped me from playing soccer. The injury needed surgery and I was off of my feet for quite some time. In fact it was many weeks before I could walk freely again. During that time my family and I took a trip to Las Vegas. Generally, when we go places, we love to walk and explore, but on this occasion it proved very challenging since I was on crutches. My dad however, commandeered my grandpa’s wheelchair and so off we went, three on foot and one on wheels.
What astounded us all was how difficult it was to move around Las Vegas in a wheelchair, even though every building and every road were up to code and specifications to assist people with disabilities. Walking freely is something that most of us take for granted, but being pushed around in a wheelchair certainly opened my eyes. Remember, I was pushed and did not have to wheel myself, but it was still highly challenging. Big heavy doors in hotels have to be opened, revolving doors are a no, no. Nearly every building in Vegas is more than one story and every escalator is out of bounds. We were constantly searching for the elevators, which were mostly overcrowded. Traffic signals did not seem to give you enough time to get from one side to the other and ramped curbs were in a different direction from where we were.
The good thing was my filming point of view. When you watch the short Vlog, you will see it from a totally different perspective, that of a person in a wheelchair. I was very lucky as my dad was pushing me around, still many tourist attractions are hard to see from such a low point of view.
Moral of the story…
We should all assist any person who needs help, especially people in wheelchairs. Open doors, clear the way, step out of the elevator and make room. When talking to someone in a wheelchair, show respect and stoop to their level and always ask if they need assistance.