Disabled Bridgeport mother Special Turnage to receive help getting sons to school

A disabled mother from Bridgeport says she is one step closer to getting busing for her two young sons thanks to help from News 12 Connecticut. Special Turnage, who has cerebral palsy, says it takes

News 12 Staff

Oct 3, 2014, 2:54 AM

Updated 3,542 days ago

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A disabled mother from Bridgeport says she is one step closer to getting busing for her two young sons thanks to help from News 12 Connecticut.
Special Turnage, who has cerebral palsy, says it takes her an hour to walk her children a few blocks to school each day and an hour to get back home again. The 29-year-old says she has to wake up at 4 a.m. to get her sons Kavari and Joel to school on time.
Turnage walks her sons to school because she does not own a vehicle and was turned down when she asked for busing because the Board of Education says she lives too close to the school to qualify. She says the daily walk has taught her sons about the importance of meeting responsibilities, but it is extremely slow.
When News 12 told city officials about her disability and the hardship it's causing her, they promised to help find a solution. Ruben Felipe, deputy chief of staff to Mayor Bill Finch, says he has cerebral palsy as well, and understands what Turnage goes through on a daily basis.
He has promised to help her apply for a special exception to receive busing.


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