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Special Needs Group®/Special Needs at Sea® (SNG) adds to its Ultra-Light Equipment Line

July 12, 2022

Special Needs Group®/Special Needs at Sea® (SNG), a medical equipment and supply company, and the leading global provider of wheelchair, scooter, oxygen and other special needs equipment rentals, has added to their Ultra-Light Equipment Line – the World’s Lightest, with the addition of the Ultra-Light Folding Scooter and Ultra-Light Power Wheelchair.

Recommended by the world’s major cruise lines for superior service and value, SNG also delivers to hotels, resorts, and convention centers. SNG has always prided itself in being a leader in the industry and being on the cutting-edge in offering transcendent services, and equipment. The announcement of the World’s Lightest Folding Scooter and Power Wheelchair are additions to SNG’s new line of ultralightweight equipment, joining the Ultra-Light Standard and XL Wheelchairs.

The Ultra-Light Folding Scooter supports an individual with a weight capacity of up to 250 lbs., and weighs only 37 lbs. The unit folds within seconds and travels approximately 7.5 miles on a fully charged battery with a maximum speed of 5 mph. The World’s Lightest Folding Scooter features: foam-filled tires for a smooth ride, electromagnetic brakes, rear-wheel – differential – driving system, 120W brushless motor, throttle control level to operate the scooter forward and in reverse, a conveniently located charger port under the controller, horn button, key switch, and speed adjustment dial. The FAA-approved folding scooter simply folds into a car for easy transportability. The Ultra-Light Folding Scooter is presently available for those cruising on round-trip sailings or on land-based vacations in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area, along with Port Canaveral, Galveston, Seattle, and Vancouver, Canada.

Along with World’s Lightest Folding Scooter, SNG has added the Ultra-Light Power Wheelchair to its fleet of ultra-light equipment. The World’s Lightest Power Wheelchair weighs an incomparable 33 lbs. Akin to the Ultra-Light Folding Scooter, the power wheelchair folds in seconds as one piece, and has a weight capacity of 243 lbs. The lithium-ion battery allows for an amazing 13 miles on a full charge and has a maximum speed of 4 mph. Features of the unit include electromagnetic brakes, padded flip-back armrests, 1” inch seat and back cushions for comfort, and anti-tippers for safety. Furthermore, the unit’s controller can be positioned for either right-hand or left-hand use and adjusted for the user’s position angle. Presently the Ultra-Light Power Wheelchair is available for those sailing round-trip out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and Miami as well as for those vacationing in South Florida.

“As a full-fledged medical equipment and supply company with a global reach, we are always looking for innovative products for use at home or while vacationing,” stated Andrew J. Garnett, founder, CEO, and president of Special Needs Group®/Special Needs at Sea®. “We are extremely excited about the additions to our new line of ultra-light mobility equipment, joining the Standard and XL wheelchairs.”

In addition to the ultra-light equipment being offered to travelers cruising round-trip or on land-based vacations in certain locales, SNG’s fleet of ultra-light equipment is available for purchase on SNG’s online shop, www.shopspecialneedsgroup.com to ship anywhere in the U.S. Please call for Canadian sales.

Over time, the ultra-light line of wheelchairs, folding scooters and folding power wheelchairs will be available at additional destinations.

For more information, please contact Special Needs Group at 800.513.4515 or email info@specialneedsgroup.com.

July 7, 2022

South Florida Summer Cruise Season Heats Up!

Each of the south Florida cruise ports, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and PortMiami, are busy with most of the voyages sailing to the Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean.  In addition to the Caribbean, cruises from the two ports are traveling to the Bahamas, Bimini, Dominica, Riviera Maya, Grand Cayman, and Key West.  SNG is pleased to meet the needs of guests requiring rentals of mobility equipment, oxygen, and special needs equipment for their summer cruises out of south Florida.

For the summer season, Fort Lauderdale is home to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Allure of the Seas, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Infinity, and for a short period the Caribbean Princess prior to its move north, which then will offer one-way sailings from Quebec City to/from New York before its return to Port Everglades in mid-October.

PortMiami is the more active of the two ports with five different cruise lines sailing out of Miami, and a total nine cruise ships with various voyages for the season.  RCCL and Carnival Cruise Line each have three vessels cruising with Royal’s Explorer of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas joining the Carnival Conquest, Carnival Horizon, and Carnival Sunrise.  In addition, MSC Seashore, Disney Dream, and Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady will sail for the summer out of the Magic City.

For those wishing to view the accessibility of the vessels sailing out of Port Everglades and PortMiami, please check out our Cruise Accessible section on our website.  Click here to view.

As a reminder, SNG’s new line of Ultra-Light equipment is available for guests sailing out of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, as well as for pre-/post-cruise hotel stays.  The newest additions to the line – the World’s Lightest Folding Scooter and Folding Power Chair – are now available.  The new additions join the Standard and XL Ultra-Light Wheelchairs in our fleet of the Ultra-Light equipment line.  SNG is pleased to now be the “Home of the Ultra-Light Equipment Line – the World’s Lightest” and proud to continue to meet our mission statement of Delivering an Accessible World®.  Click here to view.

For more information regarding our Ultra-Light line equipment, oxygen, and special needs equipment rentals, as well as pricing, please call our exceptional Customer Service Team at 800.513.4515 Monday-Friday from 9AM-6PM EST Monday-Friday.

March 10, 2022

Springtime in Accessible D.C. – SNG Services the Nation’s Capital

Springtime is the perfect time to visit Washington, D.C.  The Nation’s capital is a wonderful vacation destination rich in American history and unique during the Spring season for its renown National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Cherry Blossom Festival runs typically between March 15th and April 18th with peak dates being predicted between March 22 through March 25th this year.  The most popular places to view the cherry blossom trees are near the Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  These monuments surround the Tidal Basin Loop Trail which is a perfect location for photos each Spring of the cherry blossoms.

Along with the sites above, D.C. is filled with a plethora of historical and cultural museums, monuments, and locations.  The Smithsonian National Museum of National History, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and National Mall are all must-sees on a visit to the Nation’s capital.  A truly memorable and fascinating self-guided tour is that of the FBI Headquarters.  The FBI Experience features interactive multimedia exhibits, content, and artifacts.  The visit is truly worthwhile look into the FBI’s internal operations, history, laboratory resources, investigative divisions along with its role in national security and law enforcement.

Presently, due to the pandemic, the FBI building is presently closed to the public.  However, most of the museums, monuments, and sites have reopened with a limited schedule.

The Nation’s Capital prides itself in being an accessible city.  While all of D.C.’s attractions and historical institutions are welcome to guests with accessible needs, it’s suggested to reach out prior to visiting the respective site regarding its specific accessibility features.

Special Needs Group is pleased to service you by providing hotel pick-up and delivery at the start and close of your vacation for mobility scooters / equipment, oxygen needs, and special needs equipment while visiting Washington, D.C.  For more information, please call 1-800-513-4515.

May 17, 2021

Special Needs Group is pleased to be servicing St. Martin/Sint Maarten for Hotel/Resort stays.  In addition, we are assisting those sailing on the Celebrity Millennium.  Mobility equipment  – Standard and Heavy-Duty Manual Wheelchairs and Scooters – as well as Stationary Standard Oxygen Concentrators will be available for rental(s).  Please see Mobility Scooters here and Wheelchairs here.

Please call 800.513.4515 or email: info@specialneedsgroup.com for more information and to book for your upcoming land-based vacation, pre-/post-cruise on or sailing out of St. Martin/Sint Maarten.  The small, idyllic island located between the Netherlands on the south-side (known for duty-free shopping) and France on the north-side (famous for its amazing cuisine).

In addition, we will be providing similar services to those sailing out of Nassau, Bahamas.

Further, Folding Scooters are available for those sailing out of Seattle on American Cruise Line and mobility equipment (Scooters and Wheelchairs) are available for River Cruises out of Portland, Oregon.

 

St. Martin

January 5, 2021

SNG is pleased to have recently released our demonstrational COVID-19 protocol video.

We have always used Hospital Grade Disinfectant.  We ensure that both our guests and staff have been safe from any form of possible containment or pathogen.

March 16, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the increasing restrictions on travel, Special Needs Group’s corporate offices will be cutting our operating hours effective March 17, 2020 to the following:

Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST.
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Please be assured that we will still maintain our 24-hour emergency on-call service.  Regardless as to call center operating hours, and deliveries for customers will be completed as per normal business in areas where a quarantine is not in effect.

We will keep you informed as any additional updates become available.  Also, please look for updates on our Social Media pages.

We are ready to assist for any current requests and look forward to Delivering an Accessible World® for you.

Thank you for your business and support!

Andrew Garnett, CATA
President/CEO

March 12, 2020

At Special Needs Group we are sensitive to the ramifications caused by the global situation and uncertainty surrounding the possible spread of COVID-19. We remain committed to Delivering an Accessible World® and understand your concerns as the world comes to grips with this phenomenon.

Accordingly, we have temporarily adjusted our cancellation policy. If you choose not to travel on your prearranged booking, we are honoring the standard cruise line policy of holding a credit for future use.

In addition, I want to reassure you that Special Needs Group has always used Hospital Grade Disinfectant to ensure that both our customers and staff have been safe from any for of possible containment or pathogen. This procedure happens each and every time equipment comes back from a rental and will continue what we do regardless of any condition.

This situation is fluid so rest assured that we will communicate any future policy changes should they become necessary.

We are here to support you. Feel free to reach out if we can be of assistance.

Andrew Garnett, CATA
President/CEO

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