Living with someone who has a disability is very hard. Even the most trivial aspect of life like going shopping takes on a whole new meaning when you have to care for someone who has a crippling disorder. According to a recent study, the shopping cart for disabled individuals is in high demand, and it would seem that more and more supermarkets are adopting the ingenious gadget.
What does this cart look like? Well, at first, glance it seems like your everyday shopping cart, with its front end made out of plastic, and a chair with seatbelts in the back. The only thing that separates this ingenious contraption from a regular shopping cart designed to carry your child, it the size of the chair installed on it.
The plastic chair installed on the cart is much bigger than those used to carry toddlers, and according to the cart’s designer, it can hold up to 250 pounds. Basically, it looks like a kiddie’s chair, but it is designed specifically for older children and adults who have various disabilities.
The novel transportation device was created and designed Drew Ann Long, a single mom from Alabama. Drew Ann designed this type of cart approximately 8 years ago for her daughter Caroline, who is suffering from a harrowing disease called Rett Syndrome.
Rett syndrome, which was initially named cerebroatrophic hyperammonemia is a very rare neurological disorder that mainly affects female patients. Researchers have discovered that the disease has a prominent genetical component. Rett syndrome affects the gray matter in the brain, impeding the child’s brain from developing.
Typically, the patients affected by Rett syndrome have poorly developed limbs and repetitive hand movements. The clinicians also noted that, in most cases, the child repetitively tries to put his hand into his mouth. Moreover, these children do no develop verbal skills and 50 percent of them can’t walk.
Even though Caroline is one of the many patients suffering from a crippling disease, when designing the cart, her mother thought not only about her daughter’s condition but about the others who are invalid.
According to a recent study, the shopping cart for disabled individuals is in high demand, because the clients find it easier to transport their beloved through the supermarket using one of these carts instead of opting for a wheelchair.
And it would also seem that more and more shopping centers are adopting this revolutionary shopping cart called Caroline’s Cart after the 15-year old girl who’s suffering from Rett syndrome. Presently, great shopping centers like Trader Joes, Hannaford, Shoprite, Tops, Publics, and many others, including Target have decided to introduce these carts to their customers.