Mom fights school for wheelchair access

Posted at 10:33 AM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 13:33:58-04
SAN DIEGO -- Alexis Wesley says she gets sick to her stomach worrying about how she will get her kids to and from Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School in Clairemont.
"It's hard when we don't have accommodations," Wesley said as she cried. "It's hard when we don't have a safe way to get to and from school."
Her 4-year-old adopted son Roland and 7-year-old daughter Laelia both have a rare joint condition. Her daughter is in a wheelchair and her son has leg braces.
Buses block the handicap parking area where she could pick up her kids with the convenience of a wheelchair cutout along the curb. Instead she was told to park on the street where there is no cutout and the nearest crosswalk is down the road.
"They can’t walk that far, it hurts one, and the other is in a wheelchair," Wesley said.
Here's what the school told 10News when we questioned the denial of handicap access.
"The safety and well-being of all students is a priority for the San Diego Unified School District. We also take parent concerns seriously. The school principal, Site Governance Team, Quality Assurance Office, Special Education and Transportation have been working with Ms. Wesley to reach a safe and viable solution that meets the needs of the Lindbergh Schweitzer School community. We will continue that process."
"There's a lot of things we can't do," Wesley explained. "We can't go to the park for some birthday parties but when it's their school and it's every day we need to be able to get to and from the school safe."