May 2, 2014

Crawley, UK – Maria Box has been pressing for improved nappy changing facilities and safer shopping trolleys for autistic children in Crawley, she has an autistic son Ryan who is 5.

Mrs Box writes a monthly column in the Crawley News and in one article she shared the difficulties parents face with shopping trolleys.

The Crawley News states that:

“She wants to see trolleys adapted to include harnesses to keep children securely strapped, preventing them falling out or grabbing items from shelves.”

Her artice mentioned Sainsbury’s in West Green and a member of the supermarket’s head office contacted the Crawley News with a solution.

They have come up with a prototype trolley with a five-point harness. Maria has now tested the trolley at the store.

“It’s been a hard slog getting autism to be recognised and improvements made, but this will make such a difference, not just to parents of autistic children, but to anyone who has older children with additional support needs.”

Maria gave Sainsbury’s some suggestions for improving the design before it is officially released, she praised Sainsbury’s for their response to her article.

The original article in the Crawley News can be read here


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