Target US changing the way parents with disabled children shop

Family over the moon at Target's new trolleys.
Family over the moon at Target's new trolleys.  Photo: ABC News/Adam Standiford

Shopping for a Missouri family who have a daughter with special needs just became a lot easier thanks to Target in the US.

Adam Standiford's six-old-daughter, Savannah, has a handicap that prevents her from fitting into shopping trolleys, making it extremely difficult for the family to complete their weekly shop at Target, US.

That is, until last week when his wife, Carolyn, spotted a shopping cart with a seat for older kids.

Sharing his wife's joy on the Target US Facebook page, Standiford wrote: "This simple cart literally will change how we can shop, not having to worry as to how we are going to get her into a store.

"Every retailer in the country should follow suit."

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Savannah has a list of  life threatening conditions, including hydrocephalus, uncontrolled epilepsy, cerebral palsy, a heart defect, chronic kidney disease, caused by a rare chromosomal deletion.

As well as intellectual impairments, the little girl has had four brain surgeries, is fed through a g-tube and doesn't walk.

"When Savannah was younger we were easily able to whisk her up -- oxygen tank, apnea monitors and all -- and put her in cart or use her stroller for transportation. As she has aged, she has grown as well as our family. She is currently almost 4 foot tall and nearing 35 pounds. She no longer fits in a standard shopping cart," Standiford told ABC News.


The cart is called Caroline's Cart and was created by Drew Long for her daughter Caroline, who has Rett syndrome.

Without the cart, Carolyn Standiford said: "[Shopping without another adult is] "nearly impossible. You need one to push the wheelchair, one to push the cart, and one to handle the other children you have with you, meanwhile do your shopping you came to do."

A Target, US employee commented on Adam's post saying: "Target is always looking for new ways to improve our guests' shopping experience.

"This is just another example of Target listening to guests and making changes based off of their feedback. We're so happy to hear you and your wife will be able to shop with ease in our store. Thanks for writing us and have a wonderful day."

In Australia, Coles supermarkets have rolled out trolleys designed to accommodate children with a disability.

The trolley, modelled on Caroline's Cart, allows for a child weighing up to 70 kilograms.

Coles operations and supply chain director Andy Coleman told The Logan Reporter: "This new trolley means parents or carers who have children with a disability are not disadvantaged by not being able to use a regular trolley."