Disabled 9-year-old Verona Williams back at school for first time since bus strike

A 9-year-old disabled Bronx girl is finally back at school this week for the first time since yellow bus drivers walked off the job. Joy

The DOE set up Verona Williams with proper transportation on a modified route.

The DOE set up Verona Williams with proper transportation on a modified route. (2/5/13)

THE BRONX - A 9-year-old disabled Bronx girl is finally back at school this week for the first time since yellow bus drivers walked off the job.

Joy Williams says she was notified over the weekend that the Department of Education (DOE) set up a wheelchair accessible school bus on a modified route to pick up her daughter, Verona. The young girl is blind and a quadriplegic, and was unable to travel to school for nearly three weeks.

The DOE's Department of Pupil Transportation had tried to help the family by setting Verona up with Access-a-Ride, but Williams said it wasn't a safe option.

The new bus service will continue to help Verona for as long as the strike continues. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 began their strike 20 days ago in a fight for job security guarantees in new contracts.  

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A 21-year-old woman died after being shot in 1 Police: Woman fatally shot inside Bronx stairwell
News 12 the Bronx hit the streets to 2 Word on the Street: Paying for reserved parking
Word on the Street: Airline dress code 3 Word on the Street: Airline dress code
A 21-year-old woman died after being shot in 4 Police: Woman fatally shot inside Bronx stairwell
Crossfit isn't just for the gym, according to 5 Ready, Set, Fit: Crossfit at home

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

A disabled 9-year-old girl from The Bronx has Disabled 9-year-old stranded amid strike

A disabled 9-year-old girl from The Bronx has been stuck at home this week, unable

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE