Drew Ann Long takes her daughter shopping in Caroline39s Cart designed for specialneeds children

Drew Ann Long takes her daughter shopping in Caroline's Cart, designed for special-needs children.

Cart Seeks to Facilitate Shopping With Disabled Kids

“This cart is fantastic! [It] makes shopping with our non-mobile daughter a breeze. I hope that other grocery stores realize this cart is a necessity for families that have someone with a disability.” — Michele L. Boroughf, a parent of a disabled child in Northbrook, Ill.

Caroline Long, age 12, has Rett syndrome, a severe neurodevelopment disorder that has left her unable to walk or use her hands since she was about 13 months old; she is unable to speak.

Her mother, Drew Ann Long, who has two other children, has tried to make Caroline feel included in everyday life activities, including grocery shopping, in their hometown of Alabaster, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. Until Caroline was about 6, her mother would use a traditional shopping cart o

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