Bridgeport mom with disability says school district no longer accommodating bus stop needs

A Bridgeport mom with a disability says she's been fighting to get an accessible school bus stop for her and her daughter.

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2021, 2:01 PM

Updated 1,163 days ago

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A Bridgeport mom with a disability says she's been fighting to get an accessible school bus stop for her and her daughter.
Tackling the incline on the hill on Ridgefield Avenue might not a big deal for some people, but it's a deal breaker for 42-year-old Josie Perez.
The East End mom has been in a wheelchair since a car accident in 2002 left her with a spinal cord injury.
Perez says she had an arrangement with the Bridgeport Public School District for four years when they accommodated her due to her disability by arranging a special school bus stop in front of her apartment building for her now 9-year-old daughter.
However, she says the accommodation recently ended when the school bus stop was moved to the top of the hill, making it impossible for her to accompany her daughter while waiting for the school bus in the morning.
Perez says it doesn't make sense that the bus no longer travels just a few more yards in front of her unit.
Bridgeport School Superintendent Mike Testanti says even though her daughter goes to a charter school that isn't in the district, he's going to do anything he can to help out 


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