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2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus
January 24, 2014
Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.
New standards target stronger wheelchair tie-downs, increased passenger safety
January 14, 2014

New safety standards for wheelchairs and tie-downs promise to improve transportation safety for people who must use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here’s an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards and the enhanced testing they require.

School bus driver charged with drunk driving, resigns
January 3, 2014
Police in Springboro, Ohio, respond to a report of a school bus being driven erratically. The driver of the special-needs bus reportedly registers at about 0.05% blood alcohol content. She resigns the next day.
Bus driver brings cheer to special-needs students as Santa
January 2, 2014
Rick Waite’s stint as Santa Claus began three years ago when he decided to grow out his beard. He says he sings to the students he transports and listens to their requests for Christmas, but his primary goal is to make sure they leave the bus feeling better than they did when they got on board.
Linda Bluth blogs on IEP's role in transportation
January 2, 2014
In a new post on the National PTA website, Bluth explains how parents can help ensure that their special-needs child's transportation needs are met. Individualized Education Program team members, including the parents, must give input on how the child's disability impacts school bus safety.
New standards target stronger wheelchair tie-downs, increased safety
December 2, 2013
New safety standards for wheelchairs and tie-downs promise to improve transportation safety for people who must use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here’s an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards and the enhanced testing they require.
Buses for special-needs students launched in UAE
November 27, 2013
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and Emirates Transport oversee the rollout of the first phase of school buses that will serve these students. Officials say that the 50 buses are outfitted with the latest equipment and in line with international standards for the safety and comfort of special-needs students.
Special-needs driver fired after DUI
November 27, 2013
A citizen reportedly witnesses Rodolfo Luna discard empty vodka bottles from his bus and contacts officials for the school district where he worked, who track him down, and he undergoes a drug/alcohol test. He then takes a field sobriety test, which he fails, and he admits to sheriff’s deputies that he consumed vodka and cold medicine prior to starting his shift, which involved transporting special-needs students for a field trip.
2 Illinois directors earn special-needs endorsement
November 27, 2013
Sharon Pierluissi of Lakeside Transportation/Cook-Illinois Corp. and Barbara Rizzo of Peotone Community School District 207-U are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.
4 more earn NAPT's special-needs endorsement
November 6, 2013
Kenny Mulder, Katherine Oetker, Kala Henkensiefken and Diane Stewart are the latest to complete the Special Needs Transportation Training program.
SBF Special-Needs Survey: We want your input
November 6, 2013
This year’s survey includes questions on such topics as evacuation drills for special-needs students, use of non-school bus vehicles and disabilities or conditions that present the most challenges. The deadline to submit responses is Nov. 22.
Customer service and travel training in special-needs busing
November 4, 2013
Sessions during the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in October delved into these topics, with insight from one family’s personal experiences and strategies for attendees to take back to their operations.
New Q’Straint retractor meets WC18 standard
October 23, 2013
The QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system meets the higher-strength requirements of WC18 that take effect in December 2015. At that time, compliance with WC18 will require frontal-impact sled testing of the wheelchair tie-down system with a crash-test dummy restrained by a three-point, lap-shoulder belt with a lap belt anchored to the 187-lb. surrogate wheelchair, such that a large percentage of the wheelchair-passenger restraint forces are transmitted to the rear tie-down straps.
2 contractor managers complete special-needs program
October 9, 2013
Glenn Brooks of Student Transportation of America and Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez of Transporte Sonnell are the latest to earn the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement.
Special-needs students help assemble restraints
October 7, 2013
About 60 students from a Florida school have been participating in the production of Q'Straint restraints, performing pre-assembly and packaging. The program has helped the students develop job skills and contribute to their own safety in transportation.
Teen drives school bus after fight, causing crash
October 4, 2013
While a bus driver and an aide were breaking up a fight between two special-needs students and checking on one of the students, the other student involved in the fight ran to the front of the bus and began driving it. Another bus driver noticed and drove in front of the bus to cut it off, causing both vehicles to collide.
Driver, attendant comfort students when babysitter is hurt
October 4, 2013
When Mary Bennett, a bus driver for Volusia County Schools, and her attendant, Jackie Murphy, stop to pick up two special-needs students on their route, Bennett hears the students’ babysitter in their home calling for help and sees her on the floor. After Murphy calls 911, she and Bennett help the students onto the bus, and Murphy keeps them calm until emergency response arrives.
Bus floor mock-up built for wheelchair tiedown training
September 9, 2013
The floor features retractable straps for securing a wheelchair in a bus. The supervisor of transportation for Pennsylvania’s Upper Merion Area School District conceived the idea, and Director of Operations Frederick Remelius tells SBF that it has enabled bus drivers and aides to easily practice the procedure several times in the training area instead of having to do it inside a crowded bus.
Funding cuts lead to fewer aides on district’s buses
September 6, 2013
Alpine School District in American Fork, Utah, faced a 5% cut in federal funding for special education due to sequestration, and in working to balance the needs in the classroom and on buses, the district reduced the number of aides for special-needs routes from 100 to 67.
U.S. DOE offers guidance on bullying of special-needs students
September 6, 2013
An official from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services blogs on the topic, writing that “IEPs, as well as 504 plans, can be useful in outlining specialized approaches for preventing and responding to bullying, as well as providing additional supports and services to students with disabilities.” Resources with tips are also offered in the post.

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