FT LAUDERDALE, FL—Andrew Garnett, founder and CEO Special Needs Group, Inc., announced today that Special Needs Group, a global supplier of special needs equipment for travelers, has been named a finalist for the 8th Annual American Business Awards 2010 “The Stevie Awards” in the category for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year.
As strong advocates for the disabled, Special Needs Group (www.specialneedsgroup.com) helps thousands of individuals each year enjoy barrier-free travel. According to Garnett, the company’s corporate mission is best stated as “a passion to enable everyone to travel”, pointing out that the right equipment at the right time can make all the difference in easing travel worries.
"Our services are vital to a large segment of the traveling population,” Garnett adds. “One in seven persons in the U.S. has some form of disability; one in five families is touched. And whether for vacation, business or to attend special events, these individuals –and their families—want and need to travel."
An aging population, the growth of cruise ships and the continued desire to travel is increasing the demand for special needs equipment. The company grew by 50 percent in 2009 and now provides services in over 55 cities in 20 countries around the world.
The premiere firm in this niche in the U.S., Special Needs Group, Inc. has proven to be an essential resource for providing wheelchairs, motorized scooters, power chairs, oxygen equipment, portable oxygen concentrators (POCs), patient lifts, baby cribs, hospital beds and other mobility aides for persons who need them—when and where they need them. The company delivers directly to hotels, cruise ships, resorts, convention centers and other venues worldwide. Services are customized, and everyone can be accommodated, from infants to individuals weighing over 500 pounds.
Additionally, Special Needs Group works to raise awareness of special needs travel through newsletters, webinars, blogs, social media tools, panel discussions and presentations. The company works closely with the travel community to educate travel professionals about the special needs traveler and sensitivity issues, and is a preferred supplier for most major cruise lines. The company also distributes information to consumers addressing specific issues of special needs travel such as traveling with oxygen or finding the right vacation product.
Winners in each category will be announced at an Awards Banquet in New York City on June 21. Second round judging is by a national judging panel.