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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.
School bus duo wins state special-needs competition
July 6, 2015
Lori Partee and Sandy James, both special-needs bus drivers for Henry County (Ga.) Schools, advance to next year’s National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.
Ray Turner shared insights on special-needs bus safety
July 2, 2015
Turner, whose pupil transportation career spanned more than 40 years, authored training manuals and numerous articles on special-needs transportation.
Special-needs bus driver, aide, rescue student’s father suffering stroke
June 1, 2015
An Alabama bus driver and aide noticed something was wrong when a special-needs student’s father did not show up at her bus stop. They found him in his home suffering a stroke and got him help in time to save his life.
Special-needs student wanders from school bus
June 1, 2015
In New York, a 6-year old with autism ran from his bus after it stopped at his school. The bus aide tried to catch up with him, and police eventually found him safe more than 30 blocks away.
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