special needs

Failing Schools-Special Needs
5:04 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

New Ala. Law Labels Special Schools As 'Failing'

Four schools that teach only special needs students have been classified as failing under the Alabama Accountability Act, which became law this year.
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Alabama's most specialized public schools are now labeled as failing because of a new state law that's supposed to make schools more accountable.

All four of the state's schools that teach only special needs students are classified as failing under the Alabama Accountability Act, which became law this year.

The schools are in Cullman, Mobile, Montgomery and Shelby County. They serve students with a wide range of emotional and mental problems and physical disabilities.

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Caroline's Cart
5:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Drew Ann Long Discusses The National Launch Of Caroline's Cart

Caroline's cart won a 2013 DaVinci Award and now partnered with Technibilt should be available in grocery stores nationwide by the end of July or early August.
Caroline's Cart

An Alabama woman who has invented a grocery cart designed to help people with special needs is taking her product national. Drew Ann Long is inventor of Caroline’s Cart, a grocery cart designed to allow special needs people be a part of the shopping experience. The last time we talked with Long she was on Capitol Hill to promote special needs initiatives. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez caught up with Long ahead of Thursday’s national launch for Caroline’s Cart to talk about what this next step means for special needs individuals.

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Caroline's Cart
5:34 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Caroline's Cart Inventor Drew Ann Long Advocates For Those With Special Needs

Caroline with her mother Drew Ann Long.
Caroline's Cart

An Alabama woman is in Washington, D.C. on a quest to help children with special needs. Drew Ann Long is the inventor of what's called Caroline's Cart. It's a grocery cart designed to allow people with disabilities be a part of the shopping experience.


Long's advocacy for special needs individuals has taken her all the way from Alabama to Capitol Hill this week.


Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez recently spoke to her about what inspired her to develop Caroline's Cart and what she hopes to get out of her trip to Washington, D.C. this week.

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