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Special-needs shopping cart rolls into Huntsville

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A closer look at Caroline's Cart. (Source: Technibilt) A closer look at Caroline's Cart. (Source: Technibilt)

An Alabama family is pushing to make it easier to push your older special-needs child on shopping trips.

David and Drew Ann Long of Alabaster came up with the design for the specialized vehicle, dubbed "Caroline's Carts," so people don't have to push a shopping cart and a wheelchair at the same time.

The cart features a special contoured seat replacing the fold-out seat found in traditional shopping carts. It also features a harness capable of securing a person up to 250 pounds. The handles of the cart can swing upward to provide better access to the seat area.

Stores around the country are picking up the carts, including the Kroger store on Moores Mill Road and the Publix on Winchester Road, as well as retailers in the Florence area.

The carts are manufactured by North Carolina firm Technibilt. The team behind Caroline's Carts said they hope all retailers will one day provide an equal-opportunity shopping experience for parents and caregivers of special-needs children.

You can learn more about the Caroline's Cart project from their website.

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