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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.
Winner named for special-needs conference scholarship
January 4, 2011
American Logistics will fund an all-expenses paid trip for Diane Clinkscales, transportation and facilities coordinator for a Head Start operation in Oregon, to attend the 2011 National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers.
DOE official to discuss bullying at special-needs event
January 3, 2011
In a keynote address at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference, Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings will speak on what the federal government is doing to help school officials, including transporters, cut down on bullying.
Special-needs agency changes name to reflect focus of service
December 30, 2010
Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation becomes Texas Panhandle Centers — Behavioral and Developmental Health. Officials say the new name also reflects the organization’s goal of erasing the stigma attached to intellectual disabilities.
Special-needs student falls from moving bus, dies
December 30, 2010
Six-year-old Jeremy Jennings Jr. opens the bus’ rear door and falls onto the road, sustaining traumatic brain injuries. Family members, who took him off of life support two days later, question why he wasn’t in the harness that his state-mandated education plan required him to have.
Review: Expert guidance on safety restraints
December 30, 2010
The School Bus Safety Handbook is deemed “the definitive authority” on installing car seats, safety vests and wheelchairs on school buses in this review by pupil transportation consultant Ted Finlayson-Schueler.
Man points loaded gun at special-needs bus
December 6, 2010
David Rubio aims the gun at the driver's side of the vehicle, and the bus driver and an assistant on board immediately call 911. Rubio faces one count of weapons misconduct and 12 counts of aggravated assault.
Special-needs bus driver extinguishes fire while on route
December 3, 2010
Bus monitor Yesenia Garcia spots smoke coming from a mobile home, and driver Roseann Rios runs into the house with a fire extinguisher and douses a burning clothes dryer. After calling the fire department, Rios continues her work for the day and then buys the family who lives in the mobile home a turkey for Thanksgiving.
3 Texans complete new special-needs program
December 3, 2010
Marisa Weisinger, Renee Davis and Nancy Kessler become the first in the nation to fulfill NAPT’s Special-Needs Training. Here, they discuss their experience.

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