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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.
Dates set for 2011 California special-needs conference
December 3, 2010
The state Department of Education is offering the event, which will be held in Sacramento June 22-23 and in Fresno County June 28-29. Topics to be covered include understanding the special-education process, confidentiality and the special-education student, and public and community relations/mandated reporting.
Q’Straint, Sure-Lok merge
November 9, 2010
The companies, both of which provide wheelchair passenger safety solutions for school transportation, combine for more than 50 years of industry expertise. Both product lines will continue to be sold and supported as they have been in the past.
Deaf student dropped off at vacant house
November 5, 2010
After school last month, Jayman Washington boarded a bus that he does not normally take and the driver, who did not know that Washington had moved a week before, left him at his old residence where no one was home. The transportation department at the district where the driver works will now review its policies for dropping off students at its safety meetings.
Q’Straint offers new wheelchair securement module
November 5, 2010
The Q’UBE has a low-profile design and can be permanently mounted to the vehicle floor or installed on transit barriers or seat legs with full adjustability. Its features include a delayed release mechanism that gives users 15 seconds to secure the rear of the wheelchair, along with fully automatic rear retractors.
Emergency information packet developed for special-needs bus riders
November 5, 2010
The packet, available to pupil transportation providers in Michigan, includes a Passenger Emergency Information Form template and a Transportation Information/Emergency Sheet template. The first form serves as a roster of all passengers on a bus while the second can be modified to include other important student information.
SBSC unveils new training module for special-needs transportation
October 27, 2010
The seven-DVD training module includes an overview of pertinent legislation and addresses securement, transportation challenges, emergency evacuations, types of special needs, balancing needs and lifts and mobility devices.
Legal guide to special-needs transportation
October 7, 2010

A new book by Peggy A. Burns, Esq., and Lisa J. Hudson provides lessons learned from legal disputes.

NAPT Summit to offer workshops on special-needs issues
October 1, 2010
Specific topics to be covered during the event in Portland, Ore., in October and November include the legal basis for special-needs transportation, communicating safety to students with disabilities and court decisions related to the rights of students with disabilities.
Autistic student beaten on school bus
October 1, 2010
Surveillance video taken from the bus reportedly shows 17-year-old Sanguain Watson taking off his backpack and hitting special-needs student Brandon Taylor three times. Watson is facing charges for the incident; Taylor’s mother now transports her son to and from school.
Driver, monitor suspended after boy falls from wheelchair lift
October 1, 2010
The driver and monitor were distracted by another child running from the bus as the monitor was wheeling the boy onto the lift. The wheelchair tipped over as it hit the lift, causing the boy to fall 2-and-a-half feet. His injuries included cuts on his lip and cheek.
Scholarship offered to attend 2011 special-needs event
September 21, 2010
The scholarship from American Logistics Co. fully funds the cost of travel, lodging, registration fees and some meals for next year’s National Conference & Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers. Applicants must be a current employee of a school district or Head Start and serve in a transportation or related service position.
Tree falls on special-needs bus, no one injured
September 10, 2010
As the massive, rotten, hollow tree fell on the bus, it severed power lines, which zapped the bus with 13,000 volts, officials said.
Book educates on autism and related disabilities
September 10, 2010
Author Reno Williams has drawn from his experiences to help readers better understand children who have an autism spectrum disorder. It includes tips for all school staff members and students who ride school buses.
PTSI offers course on evacuating students with disabilities
September 10, 2010
The comprehensive curriculum gives bus drivers and attendants how-to instructions on evacuations with photographs and hands-on activities. It also explains the pre-planning stages of emergency evacuation and gives participants an opportunity to create a written bus evacuation plan.
Involving Physical Therapists in Pupil Transportation
August 26, 2010

Physical and occupational therapists are a great asset to an operation. Help them to see the critical role they play in assisting with the transport of special-needs students by soliciting their expertise on body mechanics, disabilities and mobility devices. Ensure that they participate in evacuation training and drills.

Free training seminar focuses on wheelchair securement
July 30, 2010
Event will educate on the use of Q’Straint’s securement systems. It will also include information on standards and regulations, a facility tour and a crash test viewing.
Special-needs event to offer NAPT endorsement courses
July 30, 2010
Attendees of the 2011 National Conference on Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers will be able to accumulate credits that count toward NAPT's new special-needs endorsement and its 32-hour course requirement for the NAPT Certificate of Special-Needs Transportation Training.
Book covers key cases in special-needs transportation
July 16, 2010
Peggy Burns and Lisa Hudson’s new book provides lessons learned from legal disputes. It’s available for purchase at a 20-percent pre-publication discount until Aug. 20.

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