Monday, January 21, 2013



Fort Lauderdale, FL – JANUARY, 2013  – Shawn Elder, travel agent with East-West Global Travel, recently received certification from Special Needs Group, Inc. (, a global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, to specialize in special needs/accessible travel. To earn the distinction, Elder participated in Special Needs Group’s in-depth online 3 module certification program.


Through the program, agents gain an understanding of the special needs/accessible travel market. They learn about the best equipment to rent for special needs travel, ways to market special needs/accessible travel, and more.


Nationwide, one in seven persons has some form of disability, and one in five families is touched. By specializing in special needs/accessible travel, Elder has the ability to help this large percentage of the population travel in an enjoyable, safe and efficient manner.


Elder has worked in the travel industry for over 8 years, specializing in motorcoach tours, and accessible travel. He has facilitated travel & leisure opportunities ranging from bus tours & cruises, to skiing, fishing, cycling, caving, and trail-riding for many individuals with special needs. He has dedicated time to serve others at BYU-Idaho’s Adaptive Student Adventure Program (ASAP); the Special Olympics; and the Boy Scouts of America.


“Through Special Needs’ courses, I not only learned how to assist individuals with special needs to enjoy travel, but I found some very valuable new ways to serve the needs of all of my clients,” said Elder. “The population, as well as the travel industry itself, has undergone major changes in the past few years. By completing this program, I have the ability to stay on the cutting edge of these changes, and create opportunities for my clients.”


To book a vacation, whether it involves special needs individuals or others, contact Elder at 480-648-4735 or For more information about Special Needs Group’s special needs certification program, call 1-800-513-4515.


About Special Needs Group, Inc.

Special Needs Group, Inc. is the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals. It also offers 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 is the industry's only total special needs travel solution. It is located at 302 NW 1st Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004. For more information, visit or call 1-800-513-4515.

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