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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.
California DOE cancels special-needs conference
July 15, 2010
The conference was scheduled to be held in four counties across the state in July and August. The DOE’s Office of Transportation reports that travel restrictions and the state’s lack of a budget prompted the cancellation.
Districts renew contracts with American Logistics Co.
July 12, 2010
The special-needs student transportation management company will continue to provide services for Seattle Public Schools and Washington County School District in Utah for the 2010-11 school year.
Special-needs transportation training curriculum updated
July 12, 2010
PTSI’s Transporting Students with Disabilities program has been revised for 2009 to comply with current IDEA regulations and industry standards.
Winner named, theme chosen in conference contest
June 21, 2010
The Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers event next year will carry the theme “Show Me!” — which fits its Missouri location and its focus on practical and hands-on training.
Community mourns special-needs bus aide
June 4, 2010
The car of Gertrude Knowles, a longtime Palm Beach County Schools employee, went off the road and into a canal as she was driving to work in late April.
Special-needs bus driver honored
June 4, 2010
David Vargas of First Student was recognized by a Connecticut parents organization for his exceptional performance in providing transportation to students with learning disabilities.
American Logistics to help serve Texas districts
June 4, 2010
The special-needs transportation management company has partnered with Innovative Transportation Solutions with the goal of improving services and reducing transportation costs for school districts statewide.
Provider Enterprises awarded for efficiency
June 4, 2010
The special-needs school transportation company has reportedly reduced fuel consumption by nearly 10 percent, for a savings of approximately $50,000, by using fleet tracking technology from Navman Wireless.
First Student wins new special-needs transportation contract
May 3, 2010
The contractor will serve a New York district beginning July 1 with a fleet of 48 new small buses. First Student will also continue to transport the district’s general-education students.
District extends contract with American Logistics Co.
May 3, 2010
The special-needs transportation management company will continue to serve a California school district through 2011. Officials report that in the past three years, ALC has saved the district 40 percent annually and improved service levels.
Contest to come up with theme for special-needs conference
April 26, 2010
The person who submits the winning theme will have his or her registration fee waived for next year's Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

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