Vegas Scores High With Wheelchair Users
August 21, 2003
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--Karla McComb, coordinator of community relations for Easter Seals Southern Nevada, was familiar with Las Vegas long before the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
"I've lived in Las Vegas for 30 years and I've been in a wheelchair for all of that time," McComb told the Las Vegas Review. "When I first moved here, the only way to get into some restaurants was through the kitchen."
But the city has gone through rapid changes since the federal anti-discrimination law was passed. And that has meant better accessibility for people with disabilities in Las Vegas.
"That's made huge change in accessibility," said McComb. "I would say it's primarily responsible."
The ADA requires restaurants built after 1993 to be accessible. Those built before that date are not under the same requirements, except when they undergo major renovations.
One reason for Las Vegas' high level of accessibility is the fact that many of the accommodations are either new or have gone through significant changes during the last ten years.
"Easily Accessible -- Most valley restaurants provide access for customers in wheelchairs" (Las Vegas Review-Journal)