Blind mom sues after school district refuses to transport her kids because of ‘walk zone’

ATLANTA, GA (WXIA) An Atlanta mom is suing Atlanta Public Schools over their refusal to provide transportation to get her kids to school.

Daffanie Todd is legally blind and says her children are too young to walk alone.

The family lives within Continental Colony Elementary School’s “walk zone” of 1.5 mile distance from the school. That means students in the zone are not provided transportation unless they have a disability that would hinder them from walking.

In her suit, the single mom accuses the school system of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. APS holds the Americans with Disabilities Act does not extend to the children of people with disabilities.

“These kids are new to this neighborhood and the school has made it to where they can’t get to school,” said Craig Goodmark with Atlanta Legal Aid.

Lawyers for APS said her request would set a harmful precedent.

“It would cause incredible harm and disruption to APS if it were required to provide transportation services to non-disabled students of all disabled parents that live within walk-zones throughout APS,” the suit said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s