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December 19, 2016
Winter Travel Tips

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October 26, 2016
A South Florida educator is named Godmother of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas!

A South Florida educator is named Godmother of Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas!

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October 20, 2016
Carnival Corp - 3 New Travel Shows

Carnival Corporation takes over Saturday morning TV with 3 new travel shows!

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March 18, 2015
Cruise News - MSC Announces Newest Ship to Sail from Miami

MSC Seaside to sail from Miami starting December 2017!

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March 6, 2015
Keep Your Luggage

We’ve come up with a few things to help you keep your luggage and start your vacation off right.

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February 27, 2015
Spotlight on Sydney, Australia

Before planning your next family vacation, consider Sydney, Australia.  Travel to the land down under and get an experience of a lifetime.

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February 18, 2015
Travel Hacks!

 

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February 16, 2015
Spotlight on Ecuador

Ecuador is a truly magical place from sandy beaches on the Pacific Coast to the tropical jungle of the Amazon rainforest to one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.  Learn about accessible trips through the Amazon, Andes, as well as the Galapagos Islands.

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January 9, 2015
Experience Your Travels Like a Local

Immerse yourself in the culture to experience like a local instead of a tourist that only sees the surface.

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November 24, 2014
Gifts Ideas for Travelers

Some ideas on what gifts to buy the travelers in your life.

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October 31, 2014
Taking Great Vacation Pictures

Tips for the best vacation souvenir - pictures!

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October 31, 2014
Much More Than Scooters and Wheelchairs

Special Needs Group is determined to make travel accessible for everyone.  Besides Motorized Scooters and Wheelchairs we have can accommodate those with other mobility needs, oxygen needs, bath needs and those who require specialty items.  Here is a sample of many of these items.

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October 21, 2014
Spotlight on Galveston/Houston, Texas

Whether cruising or staying at a locally in Galveston or Houston, Texas,  we can accommodate your clients special needs including wheelchairs, mobility scooters, oxygen concentrators and much more!

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October 14, 2014
Mobility Scooter Tips for a Smooth Ride

A few simple things you should become familiar with before you sail about your Mobility Scooter.

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October 10, 2014
Eat Well and Travel

One of the best ways to really experience a new city is eating like a local.  

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September 17, 2014
Art at Sea

Art lovers will find plenty to admire on cruise ships.  From classics like Picasso to modern sculptors like Brito there truly is something for everyone to enjoy.

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August 28, 2014
Fun Facts about Cruises

From the first ship built exclusively for cruising to how many apples are consumed in one week on a ship.  Just a few fun facts about cruising.

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August 22, 2014
Going On a Vacation? Some Tips on How to Prepare

Whether it’s your first vacation or a seasoned traveler it’s always a good idea make a checklist of everything you want and need for your trip. 

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August 7, 2014
Gorgeous Beaches, Mayan Ruins and Much more in Accessible Cancun!

Cancun is a family friendly destination with plenty of things to do.  And the fact that there is so much that is accessible only makes it that much sweeter!

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July 24, 2014
Why Just Cruise? Go a Few Days Early - Part 2

New York, San Juan and Honolulu are popular cruise embarkation ports that you will definitely want to spend a few extra days at.  Special Needs Group / Special Needs at Sea can deliver wheelchairs, mobility scooters and much more to all of these destinations.

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July 17, 2014
Why Just Cruise? Go a Few Days Early

Many of the most popular cruise embarkation ports are great cities to visit.  Instead of rushing from the airport to the cruise ship spend a few days getting to know the city.

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July 9, 2014
Mobility Scooter Rental | Motorized Wheelchair Rental

Mobility scooter rentals can make a vacation more enjoyable for a slow walker or someone with limited mobility. Using a motorized wheelchair rental allows you the freedom to get around easily on your own.

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July 1, 2014
Tips for Cruising with an Electric Scooter

For a slow walker, someone with limited mobility or special needs, an electric scooter can make all the difference in the world. 

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June 24, 2014
Planning Excursions and Tours

Scuba diving. Nature walks. Beach excursions.

Did you know that all of these activities can be tailored to accommodate travelers with Special Needs, too? 

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June 16, 2014
Need Oxygen For Your Cruise? What You Need to Know

Taking an oxygen concentrator on cruise ships is smooth sailing, once you know the guidelines! SNG is here to help you breathe easy.

 

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June 2, 2014
Activities Onboard – A Guide to Cruise Fun For Travelers Who Have a Special Need (Part 2)

Cruising is an ideal option for travelers seeking a mostly inclusive vacation, and a cruise can be a wonderful option for travelers who have Special Needs.  

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May 19, 2014
Activities Onboard – A Guide to Cruise Fun For Special Needs Travelers (Part 1)

For travelers with Special Needs, one of the biggest benefits of cruising is that cruise ships offer a variety of entertainment options right onboard. There’s no need to find accessible transportation all over a strange city in search of a comedy show, high-end restaurant, casino, or spa.

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July 17, 2013
The Importance of Using a SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate

There’s nothing quite like traveling, and today, having a special need or disability does not deter anyone from seeing the world. A famous quote states, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

 

 
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April 17, 2013
Cruising with Children with Special Needs

Fewer things are more exciting to a child than the promise of a family vacation in an exotic, new location. Such experiences offer wonderful opportunities to learn, explore, and see the world at a young age! For families with children with special needs, however, planning a vacation can pose a few challenges.

Cruising with Children with Special Needs

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February 26, 2013
Take Your Own or Rent It? Special Needs Equipment While Traveling

At some point in most individuals’ travels, the question has been asked: should I take it with me or rent it? For travelers with Special Needs, the conversation can get a bit more complicated, as the discussion involves specialized equipment such as wheelchairs, power chairs, supplemental oxygen, walking aides, etc.

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February 8, 2013
Valentine’s Day: Great Date Ideas for Individuals with Special Needs

For some, Feb. 14 is the most romantic day of the year, and with it comes feelings of joy, love, and excitement. For others, Valentine’s Day brings the pressure of planning the perfect date for that special someone. However you look at it, there are many wonderful ways to celebrate the holiday, especially for individuals with special needs.   

 

 

 
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February 1, 2013
A Guide for First-Time Cruisers with Special Needs

You’ve finally made the decision to go on your first cruise. Congratulations! Cruising can be a wonderful way to see the world, especially for travelers with limited mobility, special needs, or who are slow walkers.

 

 

 

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December 13, 2012
Cruising: A Guide to Assisting Your Travel Companion with Special Needs


With modern technology, accessibility and the efforts of advocacy groups such as Special Needs Group, it’s easier than ever before for individuals with Special Needs to travel. Although these individuals can travel alone, when it comes to cruising, traveling with a companion or group can make their vacations much more enjoyable.

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August 22, 2012
Air Travel with Oxygen


Airports: most of us have a love/hate relationship with them.  They can be a total nightmare to navigate, and who likes waiting on endless security lines and the idea of lost luggage? Yet, they can be our best friend, as they are often the starting point for an amazing vacation! If your travel includes a cruise, a trip abroad, or even a domestic excursion, flying is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to reach your port or destination. Planning ahead is always a good idea, but for travelers who require supplemental oxygen while flying, advance preparation is a necessity.

 

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August 6, 2012
Events of the 2012 Paralympics


Few things are more inspiring than the dedication of an Olympic athlete. Every four years, we are reminded of the heart, the hope and the home team pride that goes into qualifying, training, and performing on the world stage. As we watch from the stands or from the comfort of our homes, it is almost impossible to avoid getting pulled into the action… Who hasn’t found themselves unexpectedly cheering out loud at one of those “hundredth of a second” wins?

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August 1, 2012
Cruising With Special Needs: Do You Really Need An Accessible Stateroom? What To Know
Will my room have an ocean view? On which floor will my cabin be located? These are the typical questions that arise while arranging cruise accommodations. For those traveling with Special Needs, there’s another consideration that may need to be added to the equation: how accessible is my stateroom?

 

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July 2, 2012
Cruising for Seniors


Recently, we have focused many of our blog posts on travelers who have full time special needs. Senior Citizens and others who do not have a full time special needs, however, also benefit greatly from our products/rental equipment - which provide assistance in their travel adventures, too.

 

 
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June 22, 2012
Famous Special Needs Athletes

 

As the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics draw near, we thought it appropriate to dedicate a blog entry to some of the most remarkable special needs athletes, Olympians and Paralympians of the past century.
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June 14, 2012
Joy on the Beach

We’ve all spent those days cooped up in the office or stuck at home dreaming of the perfect beach vacation. The sun on your face, the sand between your toes… pure heaven! With the summer months heating up, now is the perfect time of year to plan some fun in the sun.

 
 
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June 8, 2012
Top Ten Tips for Cruising with Special Needs
 
Are you considering your first cruise as a special needs traveler?  Still wavering on your final decision? Read about the benefits of cruising and why, for those with special needs, cruises are a wonderful way to travel.
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May 11, 2012
Inaugural National Mobility Awareness Month


Did you know that more than 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have difficulties with mobility?

 
 
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May 2, 2012
Summer Cruising


Cue the April showers, May flowers! It’s official: summertime is just around the corner. Summer is one of the most popular times of year for cruising, and a quick weekend sail-away, a week-long, or longer cruise/land extension may be the perfect, hassle-free way of spending a family vacation.
 

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April 12, 2012
Autism Awareness Month: Cruising and Travel with Autism


Did you know that 1 percent of all the children in the United States ages 3-17 are diagnosed with some form of autism? According to The Autism Society, today, between 1 and 1.5 million Americans live with autism. 

 

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March 30, 2012
Cruise Terms Explained: Tendering

If you’re a first time cruiser, you may be unfamiliar with the term “tendering.” Essentially, tendering is another way of disembarkation at port. The method involves anchoring somewhere close to shore (but not adjacent to the dock) and then taking a smaller boat to shore. These boats run back and forth, on a schedule, so that passengers may come and go throughout the day.

 
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March 23, 2012
Traveling Abroad: Key Accessible Phrases

When traveling abroad, it can be tremendously helpful to know some key accessible terms in the native language of your destination! Below, we have listed some of the most common, useful terms that special needs travelers might find helpful in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German. Feel free to print this information and carry it with you during your travels!

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March 15, 2012
Cruisin': What To Pack

Packing your bags with thoughtful care ensures a most enjoyable cruising experience. Take your time, double check, and get ready to set sail!

 

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March 8, 2012
Special Needs Travelers: London 2012 Olympic Games


The Olympic Games are a great opportunity for travel, cultural diversity, and wonderful family entertainment! For travelers who are thinking about attending the 2012 Olympic Games, it’s time to start making plans (if you haven’t already).

 
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February 23, 2012
Domestic Life & Travel With Special Needs: Know Your Rights

Planning a trip with a special needs traveler requires a bit of extra preparation. When traveling within the US, it can come in handy to be aware of your rights! If you plan to travel with medical equipment or a service animal, be sure to do some research beforehand.

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February 16, 2012
Solutions for Special Needs at Home


Recently, we read a truly heartwarming article on npr.org entitled “Building Better Houses For Wounded Soldiers,” which detailed an innovative military experiment dubbed the “Wounded Warrior Home.” Located at the Army’s Fort Belvoir in Virginia, Wounded Warrior Home is an attempt to accommodate injured or handicapped soldiers who wish to reside close to the army base. The initiative provides housing for soldiers with special needs or injuries, particularly for those who are full-time wheelchair users. 

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February 9, 2012
The Best Accessible Travel Destinations

 

We had an inspirational comment on our Facebook wall last week from one of our fans, Sheryl, who writes: “I’m partially disabled, but I take that word and divide it into two different meanings. ‘Dis’ is for whatever…physical ailment and ‘Abilities’ is the Bucket List of what I can do.”
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February 2, 2012
Is Cruising Right For You?
If you’re planning a vacation sometime this year and struggling to find the perfect option that the whole family will enjoy, you may want to consider booking a cruise. Below, we’ve outlined some of the benefits of cruising to help you decide if a cruise is the right option for you.
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January 25, 2012
Special Needs Travel: The Most Helpful Apps
 
Traveling, especially with a member of the family who has special needs, can be an overwhelming experience. Luckily, in today’s world, there are a number of gadgets, gizmos and smart phone apps that can help alleviate some of this stress. If you’re planning a trip with a friend or member of the family who has special needs, we’ve compiled a list of the most helpful apps to make your trip a little smoother.
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September 8, 2011
Why It’s Important for Travelers, Especially Those with Special Needs, to Use a Travel Agent

Traveling can be a wonderful experience, filled with new places and cultures to discover. However, the experience can be much more enjoyable when working with a travel agent, who can plan every aspect of the trip ahead of time, eliminating a great deal of stress for the traveler. This especially holds true for travelers with special needs. 

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August 15, 2011
Theme Parks in the Off-Season: Easier Navigation for Individuals with Special Needs

Summer is almost over, the lines are shorter, and it’s a great time to visit a theme park. For individuals with special needs, the off-season is a prime time to enjoy theme parks to the fullest, as smaller crowds equal easier navigation.

 

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July 21, 2011
Cruise Lines’ Smoking Bans Help Passengers Traveling with Oxygen Breathe More Easily and Safely
More and more cruise lines are now enforcing smoking policies that prohibit smoking in staterooms. Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line recently announced that smoking will soon be banned in all of their ships’ staterooms. The three companies join other cruise lines including Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania and Azamara in banning passengers from lighting up in staterooms.
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May 18, 2011
How the Rise of Obesity in America is Increasing Demand for Bariatric Equipment for Travel and More

It’s a fact: 93 million Americans are overweight. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in three Americans is overweight. Another one-third is obese, meaning they are at least 20 percent heavier than their ideal body weight. Approximately one in 20 people is morbidly obese, or 50 to 100 percent above his/her ideal body weight.


 

 

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February 17, 2011
MOBILITY SCOOTER ETIQUETTE / TIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

As baby boomers are now in or reaching their mature years, a record number of people are driving around in mobility scooters, whether it be on vacation, in a supermarket, at a convention, etc. While those driving scooters deserve the respect of others in order to smoothly operate their equipment, driving a scooter is a two-way street. If scooter drivers are conscious and courteous of those around them, they make it safer and more pleasurable for pedestrians and others.

 

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January 11, 2011
TIPS FOR TRAVELING HEALTHY FOR TRAVELERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

 

The New Year is here. Whether your journeys are to foreign lands or to visit family and friends, Special Needs Group offers these tips to help you stay healthy while away from home.
 

 

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September 17, 2010
TIPS FOR FLYING ABROAD FOR TRAVELERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

September and October, the traditional “shoulder season” between summer’s high season and winter’s low season are good months for slow walkers and individuals with special needs to travel. There are fewer tourists overall, meaning more space on walkways, fewer lines for museums and other attractions. Prices drop too, especially for international destinations. 

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July 14, 2010
The Americans With Disability Act, 20 Years of Progress As World Continues to Welcome Slow Walkers and Travelers with Special Needs

This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Since the ADA’s inception, we have seen significant changes within the travel industry including accessibility across the fleet for cruise ships, including foreign-flagged vessels carrying U.S. passengers and more ramps, railings and grab bars in public venues. We have also seen a deepening respect and higher level of acceptance for all forms of ability differences.
 

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May 27, 2010
Wheelchair Accessories for Safety, Comfort and Individuality

 

When driving a car, car owners make sure their cars provide safety and comfort. Many also like to add personality to their cars by decorating them with bumper stickers, license plate frames, detailing and more. Just like a car, wheelchair owners look for safety, comfort and individuality when using their wheelchair. Thanks to our readers, we recently learned about three products that are lesser known but significantly enhance a wheelchair user’s experience. Although Special Needs Group/Special Needs at Sea does not sell or rent these items, we thought they were worthy of passing along the information. 

 

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March 22, 2010
Cruising with a Special Needs Child
Cruising is an excellent vacation choice for families with a special needs child. It’s a chance to visit multiple destinations without flying or driving from city to city and the family only has to unpack once--important plus for your special needs child. Once settled into your stateroom, there are few disruptions to routine.
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February 16, 2010
Which Mobility Equipment is Right for Me - Scooter, Wheelchair or Powerchair?

As 2009 closed, several new ships made a huge splash within the cruise industry, foreshadowing the future of cruising, including Disney Cruise Lines’ 4,000-passenger Dream and Royal Caribbean Cruises’ 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, the largest passenger cruise ship ever floated. Within the next twelve months, several more behemoth vessels will enter the waters including Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, sister ship to the Oasis; and the largest ship ever for Norwegian Cruise Line, the 4,200-passenger Epic. With increased ship lengths—1,184 feet from bow to stern for Oasis and Allure—more and more cruisers are requiring wheelchair options, scooters, walkers and other limited mobility aids to navigate these newer ships.

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January 8, 2010
It’s Big, Wide Accessible World, Go Explore and Enjoy

Did you ever cancel a trip because of a bad knee or other mobility impairment? Have you avoided cruises and family events that require travel for fear you’ll need oxygen mid-trip? Relax. Today’s world is more accessible than ever, and for anyone with special requirements for traveling, there’s a world of information and help waiting for you.

 

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December 3, 2009
Taking Accessibility to New Levels: Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) much anticipated next generation cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas is ready for passengers. Rising sixteen decks high, she is the largest vessel afloat---and among the most accessible.

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November 5, 2009
Oxygen Onboard? Clearing the Air about Cruising with Oxygen

As a supplier of oxygen and other special needs equipment for travelers, I see first hand the uncertainty and confusion regarding traveling with oxygen, especially the rules and regulations for dealing with cylinders or other forms of portable oxygen on a cruise.

 

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July 13, 2009
Delivering an Accessible World

A few months ago, I was filling up one of our Special Needs Group delivery vans at a gas station. A woman approached me about the logo on the side of the van and wanted to know what it meant. I told her that we deliver oxygen and mobility equipment to cruises, hotels and airports around the world. The woman was amazed; she did not know that a service like this even existed. As it turned out, her mother had poor health. She said to me, “do you mean you can help mom get back out in the world?”

 

 

 

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