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  • DEFCON 30 HDA AFTER ACTION REPORT - YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!

    I am in the process of writing up the after action report for DC30! In order to be sure we are all heard please use this topic to voice any concerns you have. My list is long and detailed, but we need your input! This is the place!

    - Delchi


  • #2
    Hey thanks for all the hard work. I think something that would have helped a lot would have been reserved seating for people with disabilities, particularly along the path of some of the longer lines and in common/open spaces like Chill Rooms. I am not able to easily sit on the floor because I have limited flexibility in my knees.

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    • Delchi
      Delchi commented
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      Policy is to let anyone with disability needs to the front of any line. Just ask a Goon and they will escort you there. There is reserved seating in every talk in the front row, marked by tent cards saying RESERVED for HDA. Huzzah!

  • #3
    Delchi,
    Thanks so much for all your hard work!! The Cesar's Forum & Harrah's was fairly easy to get around using a mobility scooter. I found it difficult to locate the ADA path to the downstairs Flamingo location and maneuvering around the villages was difficult at the Flamingo as well.

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    • #4
      Thanks for the feedback! Both were noted in our observations. The Flamingo changed at the last minute due to security concerns and we tried to keep up with it. I post all changes here so next year just pop in here and you will have up to the moment info!

      - D

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      • #5
        So you could consider me a first timer since the actual first time I went was so long ago it doesn't really count anymore. I use a Segway Minipro and largely had no problem getting around, with the following caveats:

        1. Finding the proper elevators to get to places. One example is the escalators from the Ling to the Monorail - there are elevators on each side of the escalators with no indication as to which goes in the direction that the escalators are going. So there was a lot of trial-and-error at various places until I learned my route, so to speak.

        2. Some of the villages were packed with tables and chairs, making it very difficult to navigate. The RF Village was particularly difficult for me, and I have to imagine it drove anyone on a scooter nuts.

        3. The already noted access problems to the lower level of the Flamingo to the Hardware Hacking and Soldering Villages.

        4. The odd hotel/casino security guard challenged me about using my Segway, but were mostly accommodating when they were told I use it as my mobility device. But then, I get that everywhere I go. Probably not something that the Con needs to worry about, but if you're feeling extra HDA-like next year, maybe remind the staff that the ADA protects mobility devices in spaces open to the public and are legally to be treated like scooters.

        5. Seating around round tables is hard when you need to park a device at the table with you. I was constantly encroaching on the seat next to me.


        Nothing but good things to say about the Goons... The only lines I wish I could have been escorted to the front of were some vendor lines, but I wasn't (and still aren't) sure if the line-skipping applied there, so I just sucked it up and dealt with it.

        All in all, these are really nitpicky points for the most part, and I certainly enjoyed myself and wouldn't say I was truly inconvenienced is any way. Thanks for the hard work to make that happen.



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        • #6
          Originally posted by Joe T View Post
          Finding the proper elevators to get to places. One example is the escalators from the Ling to the Monorail - there are elevators on each side of the escalators with no indication as to which goes in the direction that the escalators are going. So there was a lot of trial-and-error at various places until I learned my route, so to speak.
          Hey! You were probably the one I rode down on the elevator with on Sunday, I think. I had never seen a Segway of that type. I was impressed by how you just scooted up to the escalator and rode up, while I was there trying to use my get-out-of-jail-free card to validate parking.

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          • #7
            Originally posted by dmr View Post

            Hey! You were probably the one I rode down on the elevator with on Sunday, I think. I had never seen a Segway of that type. I was impressed by how you just scooted up to the escalator and rode up, while I was there trying to use my get-out-of-jail-free card to validate parking.
            Not me, I"m in a power wheelchair. I do know of the segway you speak of though!

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            • #8
              That was Joe.

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