Special Needs Families Ask National Grocery Chain to Accommodate Their Children

Mom says grocer isn’t fully accessible for those with disabilities, asks for change

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – 30 Mar, 2017 – One mother in Rhode Island is fed up with a simple trip to the grocery store being such a struggle for her family. In her recently launched Change.org petition – One Small Cart for Whole Foods, One Giant Step for Special Needs – she asks that Whole Foods implement a policy that provides for at least one special needs grocery cart at each of their retail outlets.

“Right now, we have to make the choice to not bring our son, to try and fit him into a cart that’s too small or to navigate the busy store with both a cart and an adaptive stroller,” says mother Hannah Ash, whose 5 year old son is on the autism spectrum. “For a company like Whole Foods, that has built its business atop progressive values, it’s unacceptable they don’t offer a cart that accommodates children and adults with special needs.”

Ash points out that retailers such as Target are currently offering Caroline’s Carts,a shopping cart created for special needs children. According to the company website, Caroline’s Carts ‘provide parents and caregivers a viable option to transport a child through a store while grocery shopping, without having the impossible task of having to maneuver a wheelchair and a traditional grocery cart at the same time. It is named after Caroline, the special needs daughter of Drew Ann and David Long.’

“It’s 2017 and to me, this is an easy one. Special needs families have long supported Whole Foods for their selection of organic food and vitamins,” Ash says. “It’s time for Whole Foods to support us.”

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