Parents of children with disabilities are amazing people! We have worked with many moms and dads over the years in Pennsylvania that have put their heart and sole into helping their children to be able to enjoy life to the fullest and not be held back by the limitations and obstacles that they may face in their local communities. As a matter of fact, often times, parents do things that go viral online to bring awareness to others in our society that might not understand exactly what these amazing children who have disabilities have to offer or the parent may even invent something that brings freedom and independence to other parents in similar situations. Here are a couple of stories that we really enjoyed that demonstrates this great love!
Caroline’s Cart, a special cart for shopping that was designed by Drew Ann Long after experiencing challenges using the traditional shopping cart with her daughter who suffers from Rett syndrome will soon find its place in many major stores in the US. Some of these stores where this amazing cart can be found currently include Wegmans, Kroger, ShopRite, Target, Publix among others. Caroline started her efforts to popularize the cart eight years ago and is thrilled by the acceptance it is receiving. Long found it difficult maneuvering her daughter’s wheelchair with the usual shopping cart when shopping for groceries and decided to design one that has a special seat for her daughter together with a space for the groceries. The cart has since then become a new way of making guests more welcome in in the stores by giving them a better shopping experience.
Lila skating with her wheelchair
Lila, a young girl with cerebral palsy, who used a wheelchair as her main mobility as she cannot walk fancied skating as she watched her school mates put paper plates on their shoes and started skating around the classroom. Her mother, who enjoyed skating when she was a kid promised her that she would help her skate but did not know how. When she acquired a new walker called the Kidwalk, her mother decided to try using it to facilitate her skating. She strapped a pair of hockey skates over her purple braces on her feet and within no time, Lila was doing it, going past other skaters filled with joy and happiness. Check out the story here!
This Dad is Rad!
The video above of eight year old Atticus and his father has gone viral. The video shows Atti with his helmet and seat belt ready to go using his wheelchair and a big time assist from his dad, tearing up the skate park. His parents describe him as a normal child only that he needs some extra effort to get things done. Tresa Edmunds, Atti’s mother says that children with disabilities are just like any other person that has wants and needs and that it requires some adaptation to expand the world so that they can be adequately included. This creativity has given the 8 year old with an insatiable need for speed an opportunity to be happy and enjoy what everyone else can do.