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How we developed a special-needs training course
March 1, 2000

Too often, new school bus drivers and attendants are assigned the task of transporting special-education students without adequate training.

Searching for solutions to severe behavior problems
February 1, 2000

As a new bus driver, I quickly learn that students with behavior problems can be very interesting to work with, indeed. A couple of decades later, I am a supervisor, but still heavily involved in serving students with special needs.

Help get the word out on transport wheelchairs
February 1, 2000

Students who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs represent only a small fraction of the approximately 23.5 million children who ride school buses to and from school each day. As such, they could be easily overlooked when it comes to occupant safety.

The ‘Next Generation’ of Protection for Wheelchair Passengers
February 1, 2000

With crash-tested securement points, the transport wheelchair will significantly improve passenger safety. Meanwhile, retractable securement systems already are having a positive impact.

Best Practices for Loading and Unloading Wheelchair Students
February 1, 2000

Although there are exceptions, industry experts say specific lift procedures need to be closely followed. Driver and attendant training is critical, they add.

School loading zones should be wheelchair friendly
December 1, 1999

Extra care needs to be given to school loading-zone safety when buses for children with special-needs are involved, especially when the children are transported in wheelchairs.

A New Role for Transportation in the Reauthorized IDEA
August 1, 1999

School bus operators need to consider the 'benefits' of transporting children with disabilities.

Creating guidelines requires strong commitment (and coffee)
June 1, 1999

California officials have often been asked questions regarding school transportation to which there were no concrete answers and no “best practices” manual to which they could refer.

Four days to safer installation of child safety seats in buses
April 1, 1999

If the school bus is indeed an extension of the classroom, then a change in education is evidenced by the passengers who are being transported today.

Opinions Vary on Driver's Role in Medical Emergencies
March 1, 1999

School districts are often hesitant to expand first aid training because of liability and confidentiality concerns.

5 Easy Pieces to a Better Special-Needs Program
March 1, 1999

These tips on training, equipment, communication, information and program monitoring can improve the safety and efficiency of your operation.

The ABCD's of a behavior intervention plan
March 1, 1999

Behavior problems exhibited by students with disabilities are not uncommon on the school bus.

Improve Your Special-Needs Evacuation Drills
February 1, 1999

Emergency evacuations require staff to make vital decisions under tremendous pressure. Make sure they're properly prepared.

Language should focus on abilities, not disabilities
February 1, 1999

How we speak to and about the students with disabilities who ride school buses can influence their perception of themselves and others' perceptions of them.

Tips on proper spec'ing of special-needs buses
December 1, 1998

One of the many challenges of transporting students with disabilities is properly spec'ing the school bus, which must be equipped to meet the varying demands of disabled children.

Test your knowledge with these 10 questions
October 1, 1998

The questions are drawn from the competency examination included in the "Train the Trainers Text - Transporting Individuals With Disabilities," written by Dr. Robert J. Cross and published by the National School Transportation Academy.

Heat-sensitive students have special A/C needs
September 1, 1998

The heat-sensitive are prone to heat exhaustion or heat prostration during their bus ride. Cold-sensitive students require steady temperature levels high enough for their safety, health and comfort.

Develop Safe Habits Around Wheelchair Lifts
August 1, 1998

Injuries to students and staff during wheelchair lift use are probably less rare than you think. Although school bus operators have varying wheelchair lift procedures, there are some basic safety tips that can be shared with all drivers and aides.

How to take advantage of OT/PT staff's expertise
June 1, 1998

More and more transportation officials are realizing how important therapists are in school transportation. The question, then, is how can we begin to bridge the gap between therapists and the transportation department?

Drivers who build bridges make the journey easier
April 1, 1998

Relationship-savvy drivers perceive the needs that underlie problem behavior, understand those needs aren't going away and find constructive ways to fulfill them.

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