A good society is one that’s inclusive. Our ideal place to live in should be one that everyone feels like they’re a part of. That’s why we’re taking a step in the right direction with the roll out Caroline’s Carts.
What’s that you ask? Caroline’s Cart is a grocery cart meant to make shopping easier for parents and caretakers of kids and adults with special needs.
Going to the grocery store can be such a chore. Never mind the tedious task of shopping itself but there’s the hassle of big crowds, long lines at the cashier and the maneuvering of an unyielding cart. For a parent or caretaker of a special needs person it can be even more cumbersome, what with having to push a cart and a wheelchair at the same time.
Caroline’s Cart was designed by American Drew Ann Long for her daughter, from whom the cart was named after, who has Rett Syndrome. When Caroline had outgrown the child’s seat in a typical grocery cart, Long realized the need for thoughtful carts that catered to persons with special needs and their caretakers; a wheelchair and a cart combined.
“Families of children with disabilities should be able to have the same experience as a typical family,” Long told the Chicago Tribune.
Photo from carolinescart.com
Caroline’s Cart has a wider seat with a full back that tilts forward to help passengers with low muscle tone sit up. The seat, which faces the cart pusher, also has adjustable 5-point safety straps. The cart’s foam covered handles swing up to provide access to the seat.
Other features of the cart include: three brakes for easier mount and dismount, six wheels instead of the typical four for better stability and maneuvering, and a longer lower rack that also functions as footrest for the cart’s passenger. The cart is designed for both kids and adults and can take up to 250lbs.
And, get this: Target, one of America’s largest supermarket chains, are making them available for use in their stores. It was through one of their employees, a parent to a special needs child, that Target became aware of the carts. Now, they’re planning on introducing them to all their stores by mid-March.
It makes us wish our supermarkets would start rolling them out here too.
Sources: February 12, 2016. "Why Target Is Rolling Out New Shopping Carts" (yahoo.com) February 11, 2016. "Target Is Rolling Out New Special Needs-Friendly Shopping Carts" (fortune.com)