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First Student monitor awarded for work with children with disabilities
July 7, 2014
The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio presents Sharon Parker with a Community Starfish Award. Alan Mustard, First Student location manager, says Parker is “dedicated to the children she helps transport, and is committed to making riding the bus a positive experience by showing them care, compassion and respect.”
Bus assistant resigns after being accused of slapping autistic child
July 7, 2014
Pasco County (Fla.) Schools bus assistant James Lambert was charged with two counts of child abuse after allegedly striking a 10-year-old boy for cursing. The district had planned to start the process of terminating his employment, according to a spokeswoman. Lambert had been reprimanded multiple times in the past; however, in none of those instances was he accused of hitting a child.
Bill targets training, immunity for bus drivers who use EpiPen
June 10, 2014
The Pennsylvania bill would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, or EpiPens, on students who experience allergic reactions on the bus. Drivers would have to first complete a training program to be qualified to use the EpiPen.
Q’Straint advises early planning to meet updated wheelchair passenger safety standards
May 30, 2014
The new WC18 standards will take effect December 2015. Q’Straint has developed the QRT-360, the first retractor to comply with the standards, according to the supplier.
Driver hailed for response to school bus fire
May 15, 2014
Fire officials in Mesa, Ariz., praise a school bus driver for her decisive actions to keep her special-education passengers safe when her bus caught on fire. The driver had reportedly noticed a small amount of smoke while she was driving, and she quickly pulled over and helped her passengers evacuate.
Bullet hits bus carrying special-needs students
May 2, 2014
The bus is hit while carrying six special-needs students and three employees as three to four men fired several shots. No children are injured.
Driver, monitor resign after special-needs student left on school bus
May 2, 2014
The preschooler is picked up in the morning and is discovered at the Kentucky district’s bus depot in the afternoon, still seated in the bus. The district has changed its policies to help prevent future instances of children being left on buses by requiring preschool staff to check the buses, in addition to the drivers and monitors.
Motorist charged with DUI after hitting special-needs bus
May 2, 2014
James Joshua Warren rounds a curve in his car and strikes the bus, then keeps driving until he reaches his home, where he parks his car and goes inside his home. He is later arrested and charged with the offense. No students are injured.
District revamps emergency procedures for special-needs students
April 4, 2014
Among the changes at Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools transportation department is the requirement for bus drivers to call 911 first when there’s a medical emergency, and bus drivers also receive more training in handling students with disabilities as well as undergo a new debriefing process when a medically fragile student has an issue. The changes are in response to the deaths of two special-needs students in 2012.
Students not seriously injured when bus overturns
April 4, 2014
The three children on a Copperas Cove (Texas) Independent School District bus are restrained in their wheelchairs when the bus is broadsided by a car. They are left hanging upside down and have to be cut free of their restraints, but they, along with the bus driver and attendant, only sustain minor injuries.
Don't take a back seat in the IEP process
April 4, 2014

Dr. Linda Bluth says that under specific circumstances, transportation personnel should play a key role in transportation decisions for children with disabilities, long before a child has been assigned to a school bus route. It is essential to recognize that all children with disabilities eligible for transportation services do not require the same level of specialized intervention.

Q'Straint opens new research facility with crash simulator
April 2, 2014
The company's new facility is aimed at advancing the safety and effectiveness of wheelchair passenger travel. It includes a HYGE crash simulation system and Phantom high-speed cameras to help study the dynamics in a crash environment as they relate to wheelchair passengers.
Q'Straint displays QRT-360 retractor at TSD conference
February 28, 2014
The company is showcasing its new wheelchair retractor tie-down system during the Transporting Students with Disabilities conference in Nashville, Tenn. Q'Straint officials say that the QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet the higher-strength requirements of the WC18 standards.
Special-needs bus drivers rewarded for perfect attendance
February 28, 2014
The drivers for Henry (Ga.) County Schools with exemplary attendance are entered into a drawing, and they are awarded new school buses that will be delivered before the end of the school year. The buses were purchased through the state of Georgia’s “Bonds for Buses” program.
Conference to provide insight on travel instruction
February 28, 2014
The Consortium for the Educational Advancement of Travel Instruction will host “Working Together: Building Bridges Towards Independence” April 4 and 5 in Pittsburgh. Sessions will focus on such topics as how to provide travel-related skills within a student’s curriculum to prepare him or her for life after high school, as well as answers to basic questions when considering establishing a travel instruction program.
Q’Straint launches new retractor at mobility conference
February 5, 2014
The company exhibits its QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system for the mobility market at the National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association Conference. Q’Straint officials say that the QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet the higher-strength requirements of the WC18 standards.
Q'Straint names 2 new regional sales managers
January 31, 2014
Mitch Drouillard is appointed southern regional sales manager for the transit and rail market segment for Q’Straint. Don Eaton is named western regional sales manager for the transit and rail market segment.
Headrest provides comfort for special-needs students
January 31, 2014
The Sleepy Time Headrest is adjustable and is designed to provide support from all angles for children in wheelchairs, car seats, feeder seats and other applications. Sherri Marbutt, who invented the product, tells SBF that it has been crash tested according to FMVSS 213, and it doesn’t interfere with car seat straps or seat belts.
Bill would mandate special-needs training for drivers, aides
January 31, 2014
The New Jersey legislation would require the commissioner of education to develop such a program, and it would need to include, at minimum, instruction on appropriate behavior management, effective communication, use and operation of adaptive equipment, and understanding behaviors that may be related to specific disabilities.
2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus
January 24, 2014
Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.

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