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<p>Cheryl Wolf is a special-needs transportation consultant based in Lafayette, Indiana. She is also a member of <em>School Bus Fleet</em>&rsquo;s editorial advisory board. She can be reached at <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>.</p>

Special Needs Transportation

Bolstering specialized training for school bus drivers

More districts are including cross training among drivers of both general-education and special-needs students. This will enable them to step into a different bus situation and transport all students in their care safely.

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Helping special students and athletes succeed
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Through sports, the Special Olympics helps children and adults with intellectual disabilities develop their abilities. Similarly, the school bus industry helps children with disabilities develop their abilities by providing access to education.
Committed to lifelong learning
Peter Lawrence estimated that he put in about 1,000 hours in just the last year as he worked on his dissertation. That was in addition to continuing his full-time job as director of transportation.
The impact of bus washing
A consistent wash system can have a positive impact on image, driver satisfaction, extended equipment life and environmental considerations.
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Special-needs transportation manual
The fifth edition of Transporting Children with Disabilities is available through the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

Wheelchair retractor
The Titan800, a new wheelchair securement retractor in the existing Titan product line, is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations, which take effect December 2015, company officials said.

Fleetio Import Feature
Fleetio’s new import feature allows customers to upload unlimited vehicle details, fuel records, service history, employee profiles and more to their accounts with just a few clicks, company officials said.

Azuga G2 GPS Fleet Tracking System
Azuga G2 reads the vehicle’s engine data every second and delivers emissions idling reports 60 times more often than traditional GPS systems, officials for Azuga said.

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<p>First Student teamed up with the National Safety Council for the Safety Dog Bus Tour in late August, which informed kids and their parents about school bus safety.</p> PHOTOS: Back to school

School districts and transportation operators in the U.S. and Canada got ready for the new school... Visit photo gallery

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VIDEO: Parents of student with autism 'Pay It Forward' to school bus driver

As part of FOX 4's "Pay It Forward" program, Ben and Tammy Stephens let Lansing (Kan.) Unified Schools District 469 bus driver "Miss Janey" know how much they appreciate her for taking good care of their son, Ben, who has autism.They present her with an award of $300.

Transportation department is 'Driving the Future'

Members of Chandler (Ariz.) Unified School District's transportation department — drivers, trainers, a mechanic, a dispatcher, the supervisor and more — explain their important role in the safety and education of the district's students.

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