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New small bus line unveiled
February 3, 2011
Starcraft’s second-generation Type As are available on Ford or GM chassis and come with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Starcraft General Manager David Wright discusses the new school and activity buses in an interview with SBF.
Winner named for special-needs conference scholarship
January 4, 2011
American Logistics will fund an all-expenses paid trip for Diane Clinkscales, transportation and facilities coordinator for a Head Start operation in Oregon, to attend the 2011 National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers.
DOE official to discuss bullying at special-needs event
January 3, 2011
In a keynote address at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference, Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings will speak on what the federal government is doing to help school officials, including transporters, cut down on bullying.
Special-needs agency changes name to reflect focus of service
December 30, 2010
Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation becomes Texas Panhandle Centers — Behavioral and Developmental Health. Officials say the new name also reflects the organization’s goal of erasing the stigma attached to intellectual disabilities.
Special-needs student falls from moving bus, dies
December 30, 2010
Six-year-old Jeremy Jennings Jr. opens the bus’ rear door and falls onto the road, sustaining traumatic brain injuries. Family members, who took him off of life support two days later, question why he wasn’t in the harness that his state-mandated education plan required him to have.
Review: Expert guidance on safety restraints
December 30, 2010
The School Bus Safety Handbook is deemed “the definitive authority” on installing car seats, safety vests and wheelchairs on school buses in this review by pupil transportation consultant Ted Finlayson-Schueler.
Man points loaded gun at special-needs bus
December 6, 2010
David Rubio aims the gun at the driver's side of the vehicle, and the bus driver and an assistant on board immediately call 911. Rubio faces one count of weapons misconduct and 12 counts of aggravated assault.
Special-needs bus driver extinguishes fire while on route
December 3, 2010
Bus monitor Yesenia Garcia spots smoke coming from a mobile home, and driver Roseann Rios runs into the house with a fire extinguisher and douses a burning clothes dryer. After calling the fire department, Rios continues her work for the day and then buys the family who lives in the mobile home a turkey for Thanksgiving.
3 Texans complete new special-needs program
December 3, 2010
Marisa Weisinger, Renee Davis and Nancy Kessler become the first in the nation to fulfill NAPT’s Special-Needs Training. Here, they discuss their experience.
Dates set for 2011 California special-needs conference
December 3, 2010
The state Department of Education is offering the event, which will be held in Sacramento June 22-23 and in Fresno County June 28-29. Topics to be covered include understanding the special-education process, confidentiality and the special-education student, and public and community relations/mandated reporting.
Q’Straint, Sure-Lok merge
November 9, 2010
The companies, both of which provide wheelchair passenger safety solutions for school transportation, combine for more than 50 years of industry expertise. Both product lines will continue to be sold and supported as they have been in the past.
Deaf student dropped off at vacant house
November 5, 2010
After school last month, Jayman Washington boarded a bus that he does not normally take and the driver, who did not know that Washington had moved a week before, left him at his old residence where no one was home. The transportation department at the district where the driver works will now review its policies for dropping off students at its safety meetings.
Q’Straint offers new wheelchair securement module
November 5, 2010
The Q’UBE has a low-profile design and can be permanently mounted to the vehicle floor or installed on transit barriers or seat legs with full adjustability. Its features include a delayed release mechanism that gives users 15 seconds to secure the rear of the wheelchair, along with fully automatic rear retractors.
Emergency information packet developed for special-needs bus riders
November 5, 2010
The packet, available to pupil transportation providers in Michigan, includes a Passenger Emergency Information Form template and a Transportation Information/Emergency Sheet template. The first form serves as a roster of all passengers on a bus while the second can be modified to include other important student information.
SBSC unveils new training module for special-needs transportation
October 27, 2010
The seven-DVD training module includes an overview of pertinent legislation and addresses securement, transportation challenges, emergency evacuations, types of special needs, balancing needs and lifts and mobility devices.
Legal guide to special-needs transportation
October 7, 2010

A new book by Peggy A. Burns, Esq., and Lisa J. Hudson provides lessons learned from legal disputes.

NAPT Summit to offer workshops on special-needs issues
October 1, 2010
Specific topics to be covered during the event in Portland, Ore., in October and November include the legal basis for special-needs transportation, communicating safety to students with disabilities and court decisions related to the rights of students with disabilities.
Autistic student beaten on school bus
October 1, 2010
Surveillance video taken from the bus reportedly shows 17-year-old Sanguain Watson taking off his backpack and hitting special-needs student Brandon Taylor three times. Watson is facing charges for the incident; Taylor’s mother now transports her son to and from school.
Driver, monitor suspended after boy falls from wheelchair lift
October 1, 2010
The driver and monitor were distracted by another child running from the bus as the monitor was wheeling the boy onto the lift. The wheelchair tipped over as it hit the lift, causing the boy to fall 2-and-a-half feet. His injuries included cuts on his lip and cheek.
Scholarship offered to attend 2011 special-needs event
September 21, 2010
The scholarship from American Logistics Co. fully funds the cost of travel, lodging, registration fees and some meals for next year’s National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Applicants must be a current employee of a school district or Head Start and serve in a transportation or related service position.

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