Ever since Ariana Rye was born prematurely, she’s faced countless health struggles. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. In turn, she requires lots of medical care and accommodations. Most of these needs, however, are rather expensive. Now, Ariana’s family aims to help others like them.
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This is how the Ariana Rye Foundation was born. According to their website, this non-profit raises money so other children with disabilities have access to medical equipment. To raise awareness, Mom often shares insights into her family’s life, including the time Ariana visited the Las Vegas Sphere.
Girl With Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy Can’t Stop Smiling in the Las Vegas Sphere
@arianaryefoundation The episode where Ariana goes to the @Sphere Here are some details of our experience ✔️ Tickets were cheaper on secondary market, we went through Vivid Seats ✔️ recommended for age 6 and up ✔️ official sphere websites says section 305 is the best ✔️ these seats were section 205 ❌ we paid $90 each ticket, no kid prices available ❌ accessibility was poor – I’ll have to do another video explaining this ❌ they asked us to leave her stroller at the 6th floor and carry her all the way down the the 2nd floor where our seats where and then they said “this one time” we can leave our wheelchair by the entrance to the seats ❌ We parked the Venetian and walked 15-20 minutes to get to the sphere. Do not recommend ride-share on the way out, there was a flood of people in one area trying to get their Uber ✔️ immersive experience- be prepared for vibrating seats, loud noises, and wind. If you get dizzy from motion sickness this may not be for you ✔️ overall great experience and we’d take Ariana again! . . . . . . . . #physicaltherapy #pt #ot #stemcelltherapy #deaf #nicu #braininjury #cp #cpawareness #disability #nonprofit #preemie#vegas #lasvegas #charity #instagood #sphere #vegassphere #lasvegasaphere ♬ original sound – arianaryefoundation
If you or someone you love is disabled, you understand how difficult it can be to find places that are truly accessible and accommodating. Although there are certainly ways the Las Vegas Sphere can improve (parking and space for wheelchairs, Mom shares from her experience), their overall experience was fantastic.
“We’ve never taken Ariana to the movies for the fear that it’d be too difficult for her to look down/move her head in the right position to enjoy it,” Mom writes.
The best part, though, has to be the way Ariana’s face lights up as she watches the screen. Here, a gigantic elephant explores the beautiful wooded area that takes up the entirety of the screen. Seriously, her adorable little smile is everything!
“Overall great experience,” Mom continues, “and we’d take Ariana again!”
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