Short blog posts reviewing local restaurants, stores, and other venues based on their handicap accessibility and inclusiveness. (New post every Saturday)
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In this blog I will be reviewing Buc-ee’s convenience store and gas station in Temple, TX. Buc-ee’s is one of the largest convenience stores in Texas, as well as the U.S. Until recently it has been exclusive to Texas and it is known for being clean, friendly, and accessible. While I am reviewing the Temple location in this blog, I have visited several locations across Texas, and they are all very similar in their layout.
Accessibility: The entrance to Buc-ee’s is wide open with automatic doors and level ground. You will have no trouble entering or exiting the store, no matter your ability or situation. There are multiple entrances to the store and several ramps to get from the parking lot onto the sidewalk. The floors inside of the store are all smooth and level. The only issue I have is some of the displays and racks in the general merchandise area of the store are too close together to access from a wheelchair. Due to this one minor issue I give Buc-ee’s 4.5 stars.
Amenities: To start with, the check-out counters are at a perfect height whether you are standing or in a wheelchair and the credit card machines are easy to use. The food ordering and fountain drink counters are the same level as the check-out counters, make them equally user-friendly. The restrooms are very large and very clean, with more than enough stalls. There are multiple large handicap accessible stalls, with an oversized stall that is perfect for a power wheelchair. This stall also has a full door that provides exceptional privacy. The counters in the restroom are also at a good height for someone standing or in a wheelchair. I give Buc-ee’s 5 stars for its exceptionally good amenities.
Service: No matter where you go in the store there is an employee there ready and willing to assist. All of the employees at Buc-ee’s are friendly and smiling. No matter what you need, you can easily find someone to help you, which says a lot for such a large store. Buc-ee’s will receive 5 stars for service.
Parking: Buc-ee’s has a large, smooth parking lot with multiple parking areas. The store has multiple handicap designated parking spots right next to the building and close the entrances. As stated earlier in this blog, multiple ramps are present to get from the parking lot onto the sidewalk around the store. The only issue with the parking lot is the layout and the markings for traffic control. When the store is very busy, which is almost always, the lack of markings and traffic control can make navigating the area a challenge. I give Buc-ee’s 4.5 stars for parking.
The tally: Buc-ee’s in Temple, and for that matter all of the Buc-ee’s locations I have ever visited, is one of the best places to visit whether you are an able-bodied person, or someone with a disability. The stores are all very clean and easily accessible with great service, parking, and amenities. Other businesses, and not just convenience stores, could learn a lot from Buc-ee’s. Buc-ee’s receives an overall rating of 4.75 stars and I highly recommend visiting any of their locations whenever possible.
In this Summary Saturday Blog Post I will be reviewing Los Comales. It has some of the best Mexican food in Central Texas. The restaurant is located in my hometown of Cameron, Texas.
Accessibility: Let us start with the entrance. The entrance into Los Comales is awful for people who are in a wheelchair. There is one ramp that goes up onto the sidewalk that leads to the front door. This ramp is severely narrow and has a big pot hole in front of it, which makes it nearly impossible to get up in a manual wheelchair let alone a power wheelchair. The front door is just barely wide enough to get a power wheelchair through. I would give accessibility 1 star.
Amenities: Let us start the amenities section with the front desk. The front desk is a little too tall for a person in a wheelchair of any kind. Moving on to the tables. The tables are a good height for people in most wheelchairs. I would like to see some bar height tables because people like me with limited upper body strength need to lean on a table to feed themselves. The last thing we need to talk about is the restrooms. If you are in a wheelchair you will not be able to use the restroom. The restrooms are barely big enough for even a mobile person. The hall that leads to the restroom is really narrow and is basically used as a storage closet. Amenities get 2 stars.
Service: Like the C.H. Yoe High School Football field from the last blog post Los Comales is located in Cameron, Texas, which has a population of just over 5,500 people, you can pretty much guarantee that there is a friendly smile, whether it is at the front desk or at your table. Anyone there would be happy to help someone who is disabled or in a wheelchair. Granted, you might have to ask for help. Not to mention it has some of the best Mexican food in Central Texas. Service gets 5 stars.
Parking: When it comes to parking at Los Comales there is not much. Even though there is not much parking it is not hard to park there. The entrance from the highway is a little steep, but our handicap van has no trouble pulling in. If you have an extra low vehicle you can pull through the gas station next door as it is connected to the restaurants parking lot. If you have a rear entry van you can park anywhere. If you have a side entry van, there is room near the back of the parking lot where you will have no obstructions. Parking receives 4 stars.
The tally: Los Comales has some of the best Mexican food. Sadly, if you are wheelchair bound you will have to order take out because Los Comales has poor accessibility. The overall rating of Los Comales is 3 stars.
In this blog I will be reviewing the C.H. Yoe High School Football Field known as Yoe Field located in my hometown of Cameron Texas.
Accessibility: Let us start with the entrance. The entrance of the field leading into the stadium is wide open and smooth. There are ADA accessible ramps leading down into the stadium concourse, with more ADA accessible ramps leading into the stands. The stands also have several designated areas for wheelchairs. Additionally, there are ramps that lead down onto the field for handicap students. The field itself is turf which is great for wheelchairs. I would give the accessibility of the field 5 stars.
Amenities: Let’s start with ticket booth. The counters of the ticket booth are at the perfect height for someone in a wheelchair, or for someone on foot. The concession stands consist of one large main concession stand at one end zone of the field and a cart under the home bleachers. It is fairly easy to get to the counters of both the cart and the actual concession stand with a wheelchair. The football field has one good restroom for someone in a wheelchair at the east end zone. This is the only restroom that is handicap. There is another restroom that is part of the old field that is not wheelchair accessible. Taking in account the restrooms, and the height of the concession cart, I would give the fields amenities 3 stars.
Service: Since the C.H. Yoe High School Football field is located in Cameron, Texas, which has a population of just over 5,500 people, you can pretty much guarantee that there is a friendly smile, whether it is at the concession stand or at the front gate. Anyone there would be happy to help someone who is disabled or in a wheelchair. Granted, you might have to ask for help. Service gets 5 stars.
Parking: There is more than plenty of handicap parking, it is just not utilized correctly during a football game. Large parking barriers are put up on the street that leads to the entrance of the field so people don’t park too close. The problem with this is it blocks some of the best handicap parking closest to the field. A remedy to this problem would be to move the parking barriers up the street behind the handicap parking. I will rate parking at 4 stars since there is plenty of handicap parking though it is blocked and unusable during a football game.
The tally: The C.H. Yoe High School Football Field is amazingly accessible for a 3A Texas High School Football field, though there are a few downsides. The overall rating of Yoe Field is 4.25 stars.
Having Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and being wheelchair bound, I have been at many places where there has been little to no wheelchair accessibility and hardly any handicap amenities. This brings me to the point of this blog: in this blog I will be reviewing stores, restaurants, and other venues around the Central Texas area, mainly basing my reviews on their wheelchair accessibility and handicap amenities. I will be rating places in four categories (accessibility, amenities, service, and parking) with each category earning a maximum rating of five stars.
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