special needs


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.

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.

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.