ATLANTA - Last week, we told you about an Atlanta mother, who is blind and hasn't been able to get her children to elementary school for nine weeks. A FOX 5 viewer saw our story and offered to help!
Daffanie Todd has gone to court to force Atlanta Public Schools to let her kids ride the bus to school, even though she lives too close, according to school rules.
After years of surgeries to repair detached retinas, she became totally blind in June 2013. Todd told FOX 5's Portia Bruner she cannot safely walk her three children back and forth to school because she cannot get home safely on her own.
“It's been hard on me as a single mother,” she told Federal Judge William Duffy last Thursday during her first court hearing.
Last week, Atlanta Legal Aid filed suit on behalf of the Todd family. Her attorneys are asking a judge to intervene and force Atlanta Public Schools to change a bus route to include her home off Hogan Road as a bus stop.
APS officials say they have offered alternatives (escorts, special training to learn how to walk with a cane, etc.), but insist her disability doesn't extend to her children, and therefore; does not require APS to pick up her children. Her attorneys insist this is a clear violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A FOX 5 viewer saw Todd's story and wanted to help the mother out.
On Monday, the owners of Five Star Express Transportation Company picked up the three children and took them to school. Owner Rebecca Davis said she was so moved by the Todds' ordeal, she has agreed to shuttle the kids until attorneys for the mom and APS can work out a solution.