Electric Scooter Rental 101

Special Needs Group / Special Needs at Sea aims to make travel both possible and a reality for people with special needs, we believe in accessibility for all! 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. A client enjoying a mobility scooter rental while sailing in Alaska. Why Should You Reserve a Mobility Scooter…

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Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel

                For Immediate Release Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel at National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. Special Needs Group President & CEO Andrew J. Garnett to Speak at Convention on July 3 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — July 1, 2014 — While the core mission of Special Needs Group® (SNG), www.specialneedsgroup.com, is to make travel a more viable,…

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Tips for Cruising with an Electric Scooter

  Traveling can be a wonderful, fulfilling experience that should be stress free and enjoyable.  For a slow walker, someone with limited mobility or special needs, an electric scooter can make all the difference in the world.   Here are some helpful tips to for a smooth, glitch free journey, and a fun-filled one too.   Book in Advance To be certain that you have everything you need, be sure to book early.  Advance booking will ensure that you have the…

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Planning Excursions and Tours

Scuba diving. Nature walks. Beach excursions. What do all of the above have in common? They’re all frequently offered options for shore excursions/activities while cruising or traveling abroad. Did you know that all of these activities can be tailored to accommodate travelers with Special Needs, too?    Joy on the Beach (Beach Wheelchair) at Hollywood Beach   We’ve compiled some of our top tips for planning the hiccup-free excursion:  Key Considerations Firstly, asses what special needs you and your group…

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Need Oxygen For Your Cruise? What You Need to Know

Cruising with an oxygen rental is smooth sailing, once you know the guidelines! SNG is here to help you breathe easy. The first thing to note is that all major cruise lines welcome oxygen concentrators on cruise ships. However, it’s important to keep in mind that each line has specific guidelines/requirements for traveling with oxygen. Some lines may require (or strongly suggest) that passengers traveling with oxygen obtain a medical release form, clearing them for travel, before the sail date.…

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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.   As we covered in our previous post, some of cruising’s biggest perks include the many on-board activities, events and amenities found on most cruise lines.  Below, we’ve outlined a few of the most common, on-board, entertainment options, as well as a few tips on how best to take advantage of them as a traveler with Special Needs: …

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

Cruise ships are often referred to as floating resorts, and for good reason! Cruising generally offers more benefits, amenities, and services than traditional resorts, plus the chance to see a variety of ports and destinations in one trip, making them a perfect option for travelers looking for the complete vacation package. 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…

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Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk

                For Immediate Release Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk, Empowering Individuals with Special Needs to Explore Popular Tourist Destination Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, One of the Safest in the Area with No Cars/Motorized Vehicles, Now the Only South Florida Beach Area Providing Special Needs Equipment Rentals Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 16, 2014 – Ensuring that everyone, including individuals…

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MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education

              For Immediate Release   MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education –                      Offers Free Cruise for SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® Certification Promotion   Fort Lauderdale, FL April 16, 2014 – MSC Cruises, a long-standing supporter of the Retail Travel Agent distribution system has partnered with Special Needs Group to encourage Travel Agents to tap into the world’s fastest growing demographic; Travelers with disabilities and special needs. Travel Agents who…

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SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP’S TRAVEL PARTNERS SUPPORT CAMILLUS HOUSE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              Special Needs Group’s Travel Partners Support Camillus House   MIAMI, FLORIDA April 9, 2014 – Camillus House is pleased to announce that Special Needs Group (SNG), a long time benefactor of the charity, has enlisted the support of its travel industry partners to help Camillus House. SNG, a leading global provider of special needs equipment rentals for travelers, has hosted “Scooting for Charity” events at several travel industry conferences and special events with Camillus House…

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6 Travel Agent Winners and over 1,600 SNG CATA

        For Immediate Release Special Needs Group® celebrates the 2013 Holiday Season with 6 Travel Agent winners of “The Great SNG Droid Winter Rush™” promotion and over 1,600 SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocates™   Dania Beach, Fla. – December 26th, 2013 -- Special Needs Group, Inc., the leading global provider of special needs equipment rentals, announced 6 Travel Agent Winners of “The Great SNG Droid Winter Rush™” initiative. “Our goal was to reach 1500 SNG Certified Accessible…

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SNG Ends 2013 with Donation to Camillus House

        For Immediate Release Special Needs Group Ends 2013 with Donation of Two Mobility Scooters and a Check for $2500 to Camillus House Organization Has Provided Non-Profits with $17,500 Worth of Mobility Scooters This Year     Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Dec. 5, 2013 – Special Needs Group, Inc., www.specialneedsgroup.com, the leading global provider of special needs equipment rentals, is committed to supporting the South Florida community. As a part of this promise of friendship and assistance, to date, the organization has donated…

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Special Needs Group Gives Back to Community

        Special Needs Group Gives Back to Local Community, Donates $2,500 Mobility Scooter to 18-Year-Old Celexia Dixon, Intern at ARC Broward First of 10 Scooters that Special Needs Group will Donate to South Floridians in Need Sunrise, Fla. – July 31, 2013 -- Special Needs Group, Inc., the leading global provider of special needs equipment rentals, is committed to supporting the local community. Reflecting this commitment, the organization donated a $2,500 mobility scooter to 18-year-old South Florida…

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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.” However, when planning a trip, individuals with special needs or disabilities can benefit greatly from working with a travel agent; even more so with agents who have achieved the Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocate™ designation. Image courtesy of bls.gov…

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Comprehensive Accessibility/Special Needs Content on all Royal Caribbean Branded Ships now available on SNG Website

        Fort Lauderdale, FL July 15th, 2013 - Continuing its commitment of “Delivering an Accessible World”, Special Needs Group® (SNG) announced today that comprehensive access/special needs content for the Royal Caribbean International® fleet is now available and can be found in the SNG Web Portal https://www.specialneedsatsea.com/cruise-accessibility/royal-caribbean/ SNG President and CEO, Andrew Garnett remarked: “We hope to have to have all ships serving the North American Travel Agent Distribution System loaded on our site by the end of…

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Baby Boomers Twice as Likely to Use Assistive Walking Devices Than Previous Generation

        Journal of the American Medical Association study reveals new consumer attitudes   Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – June 20, 2013 – According to a study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in March 2013 (http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1568518), baby boomers are twice more likely to use assistive walking devices than the generation before them. These individuals, who may have disabilities or simply be “slow walkers,” also make up a significant part of the $13.6 billion per year…

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Special Needs Group First to Expand Special Needs Equipment/Services Throughout All of Italy

      Italy First of Many Countries that SNG Plans for its Expansion Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – April 26, 2013 – Andrew Garnett, president and CEO of Special Needs Group, Inc. (SNG) www.specialneedsgroup.com, the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals, is pleased to announce that as of May 1, 2013, the company will expand its special needs equipment and services throughout all of Italy. Until now, this service did…

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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 can be an ideal vacation choice for families with children with special needs. A cruise offers a chance to visit multiple destinations, without the hassle of…

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Special Needs Group Debuts New Ship Accessibility Portal

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fort Lauderdale, FL April 8, 2013…To further its commitment of “Delivering an Accessible World” Special Needs Group (SNG) has upgraded the Company’s Web Portal and debuted what promises to be the most comprehensive Cruise Line accessibility content-rich resource. SNG President, Andrew Garnett, stated: “We have dedicated 2013 as the year to equip travel agents and those with disabilities and special needs with relevant informational resources that enable/facilitate the experience and joy of travel.…

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Special Needs Group announces Resources to assist Travel Professionals “Deliver an Accessible World”

New Web assets, collateral materials developed and additions to staff dedicated to the Travel Professional Distribution Channel now onboard For Immediate Release: Fort Lauderdale, FL – March 5, 2013 With a keen focus and commitment to the Travel Agency Distribution System, Special Needs Group president & CEO, Andrew Garnett announced the first of what he calls “The SNG Travel Professional Commitment”. “With over 1,100 Travel Professional certified as “SNG Accessible Travel Advocates™” , we have committed to making 2013 the…

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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.     To help make the decision a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of taking your own personal equipment vs. renting. Do you have…

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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.        Image courtesy of europeweddingdeals.com If you or your special someone has limited mobility or impaired hearing/vision,  or is a slow…

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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.     As a first-time cruiser with special needs, you can accomplish a lot during the planning process that will make your trip easier and more enjoyable. Following are a few tips to ensure smooth sailing:   Image courtesy of charlotteobserver.com   · We can’t…

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Additional Travel Agent Winners in the “SNG Great Droid Double Down” promotion as Special Needs Group recognizes over 1000 SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocates™

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Seven Agents claim Droid Tablets as over one thousand Travel Professionals acquire skill sets to service the rapidly expanding Special Needs Travel Segment Fort Lauderdale, FL December 18, 2012 What began as a promotion that promised 2 winners concluded as a Seasonal Bonanza for 7 Professional Travel Agents and resulted in the milestone achievement of over 1,000 SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocates™ according to Andrew J. Garnett, president and CEO of Special Needs Group™/Special Needs at Sea™. “We are overwhelmed and…

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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. Today, those who are cruising with someone with Special Needs can be confident that their travel companion will benefit from ships’ accessible features. Since the inception of the American…

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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.…

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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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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? For Special Needs travelers, there are a number of things to consider when booking a cruise. Each unique situation dictates the appropriate level of cabin accessibility to request: Maybe you’re not…

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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. Cruising can be a wonderful choice for senior travelers, as it cuts down on the hassle of driving and multiple transportation modes. A cruise allows you to see a number of destinations in…

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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. These incredible athletes have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and have gone on to become some of the most inspirational figures in their sports and events. Marla Runyan Image courtesy of nwhm.org  Blind at the age of 9 due to Stargardt’s Disease , Marla Runyan went…

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