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REMINDER: Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
May 5, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training. The survey, which was announced in March, will close at the end of this month.
Driver, aide arrested for leaving special-needs student on bus
May 2, 2011
Police say the women discovered the child when they returned for their afternoon route and tried to cover up the incident. They are are charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
Pupil transporters complete NAPT special-needs program
April 28, 2011
Officials in New York, North Carolina and Virginia successfully complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Industry veteran pens paper on travel training
April 28, 2011
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, president of Safety Rules!, explores accommodations that can be made within school bus service to help special-needs students develop some of the skills needed to successfully transition to riding public transit buses as adults in “School Bus Travel Training,” which he discusses with SBF.
Cause of special-needs student's death is unclear
April 1, 2011
Three-year-old Kevin Cisler is found unconscious on his school bus and later dies at a hospital. An autopsy is performed, but officials have not yet determined the reason for his death.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: Cerebral Palsy
April 1, 2011

A physical therapist explains common disabilities and how they affect school bus emergency evacuations. This article, focusing on students with cerebral palsy, is the first in a series.

NAPT president completes special-needs training program
March 24, 2011
Dr. Linda Bluth is the fourth person in the U.S. to successfully complete the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of different settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Special-needs conference covers training, growth
March 17, 2011
Workshops at the Transporting Students With Disabilities event focus on developing staff and students. School bus drivers and attendants compete in the special-needs roadeo.
Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
March 10, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training.
Boy allegedly bullied by special-needs student on bus
March 7, 2011
The mother of a 9-year-old boy says her son was hospitalized after he was kicked by an older student while riding the bus. She wants the other student to be taken off of the bus, but she says school officials told her that the student cannot be removed because he has special needs.
Simplifying Wheelchair Lifts
March 7, 2011

The wheelchair lift industry is moving toward technology that reduces equipment complications and helps users better understand how to operate and maintain their lifts.

Updated diabetes guide available
March 4, 2011
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel provides school personnel (including transportation managers and bus drivers), parents and students with a team approach for helping students manage their diabetes in a school setting. The guide includes revised information on such topics as training for school personnel.
Special-needs transportation: Looking back while facing forward
March 1, 2011

An expert on transporting students with special needs reflects on changes in the transportation of special-needs students over the past 25 years.

The benefits of mainstreaming
March 1, 2011

Industry professionals say that having special-needs students ride regular-education routes can be cost effective and help the students learn self-advocacy.

Special-needs course draws praise
February 17, 2011
A training program for special-needs drivers from the School Bus Safety Co. has been earning high marks from pupil transportation professionals. One calls it "a wonderful course that covers every issue in transporting students with special needs."
Special-needs transportation veteran to retire
February 8, 2011
Cheryl Wolf will step down from her school district position next month but will remain active in the industry as a consultant. She reflects on her career and discusses her plans in an interview with SBF.
District cancels plan to lay off 88 school bus attendants
February 7, 2011
Detroit Public Schools officials decide not to proceed with the layoffs after two busloads of parents attend a state board of education meeting to complain about special-education problems in the district.
Student Transportation creates special-needs council
February 7, 2011
The council comprises employees and managers of the school bus contractor company. The council's focus will include promoting greater awareness and understanding of the types of disabilities some of the company's passengers experience.
Understanding Children With Autism
February 7, 2011

An expert on the disorder explains the reasons behind students’ disruptive or inappropriate behavior and offers tips for how pupil transporters can respond to improve the quality of students’ lives in and outside the school bus.

New small bus line unveiled
February 3, 2011
Starcraft’s second-generation Type As are available on Ford or GM chassis and come with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Starcraft General Manager David Wright discusses the new school and activity buses in an interview with SBF.

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