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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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handicapped traveler

We are going to Vegas for the first time June 12-June 17. There will be 15 of us (12 to 94 years old). The problem: my father is paralyzed on his left side (celebrex stroke) and confined to a wheelchair. I am planning the trip and chose LV because it appeared to very handicap friendly and looks like there will be plenty for all of us to do. Now I am getting worried about how easy it will be to get from the airport to the hotel (Flamingo) and getting around once we are on the strip. My uncle suggested renting cars (with the number of people going, would need to rent a bus). Also, is it fairly easy to check in at the airport even with a large group (and special needs)?

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1. Re: handicapped traveler

you will be ok, cab would be fine to hotel

many of shows have wheelchair areas.

you wont be able to get 15 to agree on a lot,

check out dollar rent car for info.

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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2. Re: handicapped traveler

I would need to stand my dad up and set him in the front seat. Won't that upset the cabbie? 6 of the people in our party have already been to LV. I am not worried much about everyone agreeing. I am looking forward to the older folks hanging out so the younger ones won't be held back!

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3. Re: handicapped traveler

We just got back and I have a disabled relative so always notice things when I'm travelling. Most of the casinos had ramps or moving walkways and out on the strip the kerbs were dropped. A lot of the taxis at the airport were larger people carriers (although not for 15!) and you should be fine in a regular taxi too, the taxis stop right outside the casinos and if it takes a couple of minutes longer to get your dad in and out and you're worried, just tip the driver a little extra. The airport website www.mccarran.com/ mentions special needs assistance. We saw several people out and about on those motorised seat things - they did just fine!

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4. Re: handicapped traveler

There are specialized cabs that have wheelchair ramps if your dad is using a wheelchair to get around. Ask for one when you get to the cab line, they will call for one. If you want to rent a motorized chair for your visit some of the companies will bring the chair to the airport for you. Others will bring it to your hotel.

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5. Re: handicapped traveler

The cab ramp would be great! I'll definitely ask. My uncle could still rent a car and since my son is meeting us at the hotel (he is driving from L.A.) we would still have transport if some of us wanted to go downtown or to the Hoover Dam.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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6. Re: handicapped traveler

the monorail is handicap accessable also. and if you are attending any shows, they usually have a shorter line for handicap.

i was 8 months pregnant and attending a show to see don rickles many many years ago, and they told me that i was too special to stand in the regular line, and they ushered me to the theatre and seated me. that was so nice!

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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7. Re: handicapped traveler

Thanks for all your help. We have decided to rent a van and avoid the wait for cabs.

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8. Re: handicapped traveler

Jules, I envy you having so many people to travel with! Always somebody to do something with. I'll bet you have a great time! Do let us know with a trip report when you get back.