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School bus monitor arrested for hitting special-needs student with seat belt buckle
November 2, 2015
Video shows the Angleton (Texas) Independent School District monitor allegedly hitting a special-needs student several times with a seat belt buckle and a folder. She is charged with felony injury to a disabled person.
Special-needs school bus driver is world track champion
November 2, 2015
Emma McGowan, a bus driver at Schaumburg (Ill.) Township Elementary District 54, won two gold and three silver medals at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Lyon, France, over the summer.
2 arrested after special-needs student left on school bus
November 2, 2015
A bus driver and aide for the School District of Palm Beach County (Fla.) have been charged with child neglect for leaving a student on a school bus for more than five hours.
School bus driver accused of assaulting special-needs student
October 30, 2015
Police say that when a 15-year-old passenger failed to follow the bus driver’s instructions, the driver pulled him out of his seat and struck him. Other students captured the incident in cell phone videos.
Special-needs school bus driver, attendant inducted into district ‘Wall of Fame’
October 5, 2015
Driver Mary Ann Alves and attendant Joan Sutton were inducted into the Cypress-Fairbanks (Texas) Independent School District Wall of Fame. Both were also honored by the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.
Special-needs transportation: We're good, but we could be better
October 1, 2015

We, as an educational system, have not been fulfilling our obligations to prepare all students for a successful post-secondary life — at least with regard to transportation skills.

Supervisor honored for response to special-needs bus fire
September 29, 2015
During a field trip with about 100 special-needs students from Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, Melanie MacDonald quickly jumped into action when a bus caught on fire.
Bus agency to make safety upgrades after autistic student’s death
September 17, 2015
Pupil Transportation Cooperative in California will push for electronic notification devices in its buses and have two adults monitor every bus to make sure no student is left on board following the death of a student on one of its buses last week.
Helping special students and athletes succeed
September 14, 2015

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.

Special-needs school bus vandalized
September 14, 2015
A school bus driver in New York found his employer’s bus, which he uses to transport two special-needs students to and from school, with nearly every window broken or shattered after he had parked it in front of a church overnight.
Special-needs transportation costs questioned in audit
September 14, 2015
A charter school in Pennsylvania spent $239,036 over four years transporting five special-needs students without proper documentation, an audit shows. The school made payments without approved contracts, and did not track how daily rates for students were calculated.
Student with autism found dead in school bus
September 14, 2015
A 19-year-old student was found dead in an empty school bus in California, and his family believes he was left in the bus all day. He was severely autistic and nonverbal, and may have stayed on the bus because he was waiting for a cue, family members say.
Former school bus monitor pleads guilty to hitting special-needs student
September 11, 2015
The former monitor for Colonial Heights (Va.) Public Schools admits she struck a 6-year-old boy who hit her. She pleads guilty to assault and battery of a child, receives a suspended jail sentence, and must take parenting classes, and complete community service and an anger management program.
Trans Tech unveils new Type A school bus features
September 10, 2015
The OEM’s 2017 model year buses will include a redesigned entrance door with more headroom and rub-rail end caps for corrosion protection.
Special-needs student left on school bus for 4 hours
August 3, 2015
A California bus driver brings the other three children aboard the bus to school, drives to the bus yard and parks and leaves with the four-year-old still strapped in his seat.
Lack of A/C on school buses a concern for New York special-needs students
August 3, 2015
Last week’s temperatures in the 90s had summer school administrators and parents concerned for students riding buses without air conditioning for long periods of time, particularly those with special needs.
New edition of special-needs transportation manual available
July 31, 2015
The fifth edition of NAPT’s Transporting Children with Disabilities, authored by Dr. Linda Bluth, provides new and updated information.
NSTA partners with Autism Society to offer toolkit
July 31, 2015
The toolkit will provide school bus staff members with information on autism spectrum disorder, signs for early detection and ways to communicate this information to caregivers and parents.
Boy with autism left on school bus after falling asleep
July 6, 2015
The bus driver did not find the 8-year-old, who was being taken to a summer camp program, until he got back to his base when he checked the bus. The bus company said the driver followed protocol and it is considering more prevention measures.
School bus drivers throw annual party for special-needs students
July 6, 2015
Drivers and other transportation employees from an Oregon district raise money through a raffle and solicit donations for the party. A total of 55 special-needs students plus some siblings and parents participated this year.
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