FORT LAUDERDALE- Special Needs Group Inc., (www.specialneedsgroup.com) a leader in providing special needs equipment to travelers worldwide, was honored as the winner of the 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year “Stevie”, part of the nationwide 2010 American Business Awards. The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday evening, June 21. Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network hosted the event which was broadcast live nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network.
In winning the award, Special Needs Group founder and CEO Andrew Garnett commented, "It has always been an honor to serve the worldwide travel community and to remove barriers so that everyone can travel, despite physical limitations. Now, we are doubly honored by receiving this prestigious Stevie award. I want to thank my hardworking, caring staff."
Special Needs Group was recognized by the American Business Awards “Stevie” for being strong advocates for the disabled and for helping thousands of individuals each year enjoy barrier-free travel. Nationwide, one in seven persons has some form of disability, and one in five families is touched. Special Needs Group provides an essential resource for wheelchairs, motorized scooters, power chairs, oxygen equipment, portable oxygen concentrators, patient lifts, baby cribs, hospital beds and other mobility aides for men, women and children, including beach/sand wheelchairs.
The company delivers directly to cruise ships, hotels, 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, working closely with the travel community to educate travel professionals about the special needs traveler and sensitivity issues. 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.
Stevie Awards are presented in over 40 categories each year with more than 2,700 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration. More than 200 executives across the country participated in the judging process to determine the Finalists and Stevie Award winners.
There is an intrinsic reward in what we do everyday,” says Garnett. “We are fortunate that our business model is based on philanthropic values. This Stevie underscores the fact that we are doing it well."
About Special Needs Group, Inc. incorporating Special Needs At Sea, is the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals. We also offer a broad range of special needs equipment for purchase. Recommended by the world’s major cruise lines for superior service and value, Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks and convention centers. Special Needs Group / Special Needs at Sea is the industry’s only total special needs travel solution.