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Drew Ann Long: Creation of Caroline's Cart

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • 11:45 AM
  • The Harbert Center

Drew Ann Long



The Remarkable Story of Caroline’s Cart – How making Connections made a Dream become Reality



Drew Ann Long, the founder of Caroline’s Cart is

married with three children and currently lives in Alabaster, Alabama.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Louisiana State University.  After 10 years working in finance in the private school sector, she became a stay-at-home mom taking care of three small children including one with special needs. 

 

As a parent of any special needs child will tell you, simple, daily tasks quickly become far more challenging.  A large part of the challenge was simple everyday grocery shopping.  As Caroline outgrew typical shopping carts, Long discovered a huge gap in accessibility and inclusion in retail stores.  With an over-accommodating industry that is always looking for ways to make the shopping experience easier and more fun, she knew a special needs shopping cart could no longer be overlooked.  

 

Eight years later, out of necessity, Caroline’s Cart was born and named after her daughter, Caroline.  Caroline’s Cart is the first ever patented shopping cart designed for older children and adults with special needs. Her mission is to make Caroline’s Cart available to all retailers by providing a quality product for special needs children and adults that enables their participation in family retail shopping.  She enjoys public speaking, telling her story, encouraging others and promoting her book “Game Changer, the Remarkable Story of Caroline’s Cart”.  Her real goal is raising awareness and inclusion for all.  She has started a non-profit, Caroline’s Cause to further the platform about needs and solutions in the special needs community. Long says  “I hope one day all retailers will provide an equal opportunity shopping experience for parents and caregivers of special needs children and adults by furnishing them the option of a Caroline’s Cart”.






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