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3 complete NAPT special-needs program
May 13, 2013
Lynn Head of Illinois, Debbie Rike of Tennessee and Viki Wassink of Utah earn the association's Special Needs Transportation Training endorsement.
Education Compliance Group offers sale on training videos, book
May 8, 2013
All four of Peggy Burns' video training programs and her book on special-needs transportation are available at a 50% discount until Aug. 15.
Video shows 4-year-old alone on school bus
May 3, 2013
School bus video surveillance footage obtained by ABC15 shows an unsettling ordeal for a 4-year-old boy with special needs who was left behind. In the video, the boy appears to wake up, gets up from his seat and looks around. The youngster, holding his backpack, looks scared and unsure of what to do.
Special-needs student stops breathing on bus, dies
May 3, 2013
Police say the student appears to have passed away from complications from cerebral palsy. Two bus aides noticed a problem when they were trying to unload the boy from the bus. The bus driver called 911, and a police officer attempted to perform CPR on the boy until emergency medical personnel arrived.
Minnesota special-needs pupil transporters honored
May 3, 2013
Special-education school bus drivers and special-education transportation assistants are recognized for service excellence by the Minnesota Special Education Transportation Committee, in cooperation with the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation. First place winners in each category will have an opportunity to receive free training at the Minnesota School Bus Train the Trainer Instructor seminars in July.
Safety director from Minnesota earns special-needs endorsement
April 4, 2013
Caryn Erickson of Adam Services Inc. completes the National Association for Pupil Transportation program, which provides educational opportunities for transportation personnel who serve students with disabilities.
VIDEO: Bus driver allegedly kicks special-needs student
April 1, 2013
Footage from the September incident released last month shows Stephanie Wilkerson thrusting her left foot forward, and it makes contact with an autistic child on the bus’ stairs, who then falls. Wilkerson was fired from her position at a Florida district following the incident, and she faces a charge of aggravated child abuse.
Virginia pupil transporter completes special-needs training
April 1, 2013
Darlene Marshall with Fauquier County Public Schools is the latest person to complete the National Association for Pupil Transportation's (NAPT) Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Student tracking app aims to increase reimbursements
March 1, 2013
With the Patron Attendance and Tracking Solution, created by Kevin McGuire of Michigan City (Ind.) Area Schools, bus personnel select students' photos on a tablet as they board or exit the bus. After fully implementing the app on its special-needs buses, the district expects a 20% increase in Medicaid reimbursements.
4 more complete NAPT special-needs training
March 1, 2013
Three officials from school districts in Colorado and one from a school district in Tennessee are the latest to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Achieving efficiency in special-needs bus service
March 1, 2013

In conducting our 2013 Special-Needs Survey, we asked recipients what efficiencies or cost savings they’ve been able to achieve in special-needs transportation, and how they did so. Here are some responses.

Q’Straint, Sure-Lok restructure, expand sales team
February 19, 2013
The securement systems suppliers' sales team is now organized into four core segments: transit, school bus, paratransit and personal mobility, which officials say was done to better serve customer needs. Coinciding with this announcement is news that Trisha Nolen has joined the team as southern regional sales manager as part of the school bus/paratransit market segment.
Ralph Braun: a pioneer in mobility
February 13, 2013
Braun, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 6 years old, went on to develop innovative mobility products, including a motorized scooter and a vehicle wheelchair lift. The founder and CEO of The Braun Corp., who passed away on Feb. 8 at age 72, is also remembered for his contributions to safe pupil transportation.
Transportation consortiums cut costs and boost training
February 12, 2013

Genesee Intermediate School District’s transportation consortiums provide service to special-needs and career/technical students in 21 districts. Route, bus maintenance and other efficiencies have saved participating districts $42.4 million since 1997, while service continues to expand. Driver training is extensive.

Preview of SBF's 2013 Special-Needs Survey
February 1, 2013
Respondents to this year’s survey report an increase in special-needs ridership — 8.7% compared to 6.9% in 2012. Other data cover items transported on buses to accommodate students’ needs and video surveillance cameras on special-needs buses.
7 more complete NAPT special-needs training program
February 1, 2013
Pupil transportation officials from operations in Colorado and South Carolina complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training program, which officials say is designed to increase an individual’s specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.
Special-needs collaboration streamlines service
February 1, 2013

By establishing policies on which students can receive special-needs bus transportation and providing those students with the exact services they need, transportation departments can operate buses efficiently, creating cost savings for districts. Communication and teamwork between school and transportation personnel are essential to achieving this.

Documents show bus girl jumped from had wrong number of aides
January 10, 2013
Onyx Williams suffered serious head trauma after she jumped from the back of her moving special-needs bus, and she later died. A copy of the contract between her school district and the bus company that was providing its special-needs transportation indicated that two aides were to be assigned to Williams’ route, but only one was on board at the time of the incident.
Girl suffers head trauma after fall from moving school bus
January 4, 2013
Authorities in Rutherford, N.J., say that the 16-year-old special-needs student opened an emergency hatch at the back of the bus, and they believe she either fell or jumped. Three other students, the driver and an aide were on the bus.

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