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Driver, monitor fired for leaving student behind on bus
October 1, 2012
The boy, who has special needs, falls asleep on the way to school, and the driver and aide discover him after returning from lunch about 30 minutes later. They are placed on administrative leave and terminated the next day.
District investigates student handcuffing incident
October 1, 2012
Police handcuff the autistic student after responding to a call from his bus driver and aide, who report that they and two students were bitten after the boy became aggressive and escaped his seat harness. The boy’s mother says the situation should have been handled differently.
Ricon launches new wheelchair lifts for school buses
September 18, 2012
Company officials say that the new TITANIUM line of wheelchair lifts is engineered with high-strength steel alloy construction that enables true 1,000-pound capacity.
District collects toys for special-needs students
September 10, 2012
Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix provides the small toys to these passengers to offer them comfort in stressful situations. Transportation Supervisor for Special Education Antonio Mlynek says three Walmart stores in the state donated $250 to assist with the purchases.
Study: Students with disabilities more likely to be bullied
September 10, 2012
The study published in the Journal of School Psychology finds that students who receive special-education services are at increased risk for bullying others, for being bullied and for being sent to the school office for disciplinary problems. Students with observable disabilities, such as language or hearing impairments or mild mental handicaps, report the highest levels of bullying others and being bullied themselves.
Physical therapists are valuable resource for transportation
August 28, 2012

From providing information on disabilities and how they will impact the school bus ride to offering tips for proper wheelchair securement and evacuations, these individuals can greatly assist in safely transporting special-needs students. In the new school year, they should be involved in planning and training sessions.

American Logistics Co. to serve Calif. district
August 14, 2012
The transportation management company has been selected by Carlsbad Unified School District to provide special-needs transportation service under a three-year contract. Officials say the agreement is expected to save the district and taxpayers more than $3 million, and that the company has saved the district 40% annually since 2007.
Industry veteran completes NAPT special-needs program
August 7, 2012
Ted Finlayson-Schueler is the latest pupil transportation official 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.
Transporting students with autism
August 7, 2012

Autism can affect behavior, speech and language development, sensorimotor skills, visual and auditory processing, and learning skills. Understanding the extent of this condition in your passengers will help in determining how they should be treated during bus rides and evacuations.

Former bus driver gets probation for abusing girl
August 3, 2012
Marjorie Jones places tape over the mouth of a 7-year-old student who is unable to speak, but says at trial that she was "entertaining" the girl. She is sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and she is also facing a lawsuit from the girl's family.
Veteran Calif. supervisor Charles Bednar to retire
August 3, 2012
Bednar began his career in the industry 41 years ago as a special-needs school bus driver for Taylor Bus Service in Orange County. He rose to vice president of the company before transitioning to the public sector, where he has spent the last 17 years at Corona-Norco Unified School District.
Joanne Vento, Renee DeVall complete NAPT special-needs program
August 3, 2012
The pupil transportation officials are from Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colo., and Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., respectively. The association’s Special Needs Transportation Training 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.
1st Kan. special-needs safety roadeo is personal
July 2, 2012
Eight teams compete at the Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association’s inaugural Special Needs Team Safety Competition in Salina, Kan. The event’s organizer, association board member Rick Smith, tells SBF he wanted to put on a roadeo to honor a former colleague who taught him about the compassion and empathy side of special-needs transportation.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DUI
June 29, 2012
Police say Erik Paulik is transporting four students and two adult monitors when he rear-ends a small minivan carrying students. He is charged with operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor — he reportedly has a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit — child endangerment while operating under the influence and failing to slow when approaching an intersection.
Special-needs student left on bus
June 29, 2012
The student reportedly falls asleep on the bus and is not visible to the driver when she returns to the transportation facility. A maintenance worker finds the girl, who is uninjured, an hour later.
Calif. DOE gears up for special-needs conference
June 29, 2012
The state Department of Education’s Office of Transportation will host the event July 17 and 18. It will focus on two main issues — when and how to transport students with disabilities — and cover such topics as bullying versus harassment, autism spectrum disorders and proper wheelchair securement.
Pamela Layral completes NAPT special-needs program
June 29, 2012
The training supervisor for Student Transportation of America in Riverside, Calif., earns the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement, which includes six special-needs courses in such settings as a roadeo and a trade show.
Bus driver, aide charged for leaving student on bus
June 4, 2012
The teen's mother reports him missing after he does not return home from school. Driver George Werman and aide Robert Cronin are arrested after Werman tells police he dropped off the special-needs student at his home, but a police officer later locates the student locked inside the bus.
Bus driver honored for service to special-needs students
May 31, 2012
Ford Thompson of First Student receives the 2012 Charlie Parnell Memorial Award from Minnetonka (Minn.) Public Schools. The award recognizes a school professional who goes above and beyond to touch the lives of these students.
4 more complete NAPT special-needs training
May 31, 2012
Pupil transportation officials at operations in Tennessee, Colorado, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire have completed the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a 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.

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