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Review: Transporting Students With Special Needs
July 8, 2011
Special-needs transportation specialist Cheryl Wolf writes that this training course by the School Bus Safety Co. is a "great resource" that provides a large amount of information on the topic. The program includes a driver’s job aid that can be placed on the bus as a step-by-step reminder of best practices.
NAPT special-needs training program offered nationwide
July 8, 2011
The association’s Special Needs Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events around the country. The curriculum explores such issues as the legal basis for special-needs transportation, and activities include observation of or participation in a special-needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show featuring special-needs products and services.
Theme announced for 2012 special-needs conference
June 9, 2011
“Ready to Learn” is the theme for Edupro Group's 21st Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers event. Topics that will be covered include administering medications, companion animals, student disabilities and the bus ride, and participating in the IEP process.
Q'Straint to hold free training seminar
June 6, 2011
The company's eighth annual National Training Seminar will provide in-depth instruction on how to operate its wheelchair securement systems. Sessions include transit/fixed route, paratransit and school bus.
California DOE offers special-needs transportation conference
June 6, 2011
The Office of School Transportation's two-day Transporting Children with Special Needs Conference will be held at two locations this month. Course topics to be covered include pupil loading and unloading, accident investigation and documentation.
Bus driver credited with saving special-needs student’s life
June 2, 2011
After noticing that Connor DiLorenzo is choking, Danny Waldrum pulls his bus over, calls 911, checks to see if the boy is breathing and administers an abdominal thrust, which dislodges a small pebble from his throat. A paramedic who responded to the incident says “it's absolutely possible” DiLorenzo could have lost his life without Waldrum's quick action.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DWI
June 2, 2011
Officers pull Elizabeth Anaya over for running a red light and find an empty bottle of rum in her jacket pocket and an open can of beer in between her legs. A blood alcohol test reveals Anaya’s alcohol level is nearly twice the legal limit. She is charged with driving while intoxicated, running a red light and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.
REMINDER: Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
May 5, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training. The survey, which was announced in March, will close at the end of this month.
Driver, aide arrested for leaving special-needs student on bus
May 2, 2011
Police say the women discovered the child when they returned for their afternoon route and tried to cover up the incident. They are are charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
Pupil transporters complete NAPT special-needs program
April 28, 2011
Officials in New York, North Carolina and Virginia successfully complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Industry veteran pens paper on travel training
April 28, 2011
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, president of Safety Rules!, explores accommodations that can be made within school bus service to help special-needs students develop some of the skills needed to successfully transition to riding public transit buses as adults in “School Bus Travel Training,” which he discusses with SBF.
Cause of special-needs student's death is unclear
April 1, 2011
Three-year-old Kevin Cisler is found unconscious on his school bus and later dies at a hospital. An autopsy is performed, but officials have not yet determined the reason for his death.
Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: Cerebral Palsy
April 1, 2011

A physical therapist explains common disabilities and how they affect school bus emergency evacuations. This article, focusing on students with cerebral palsy, is the first in a series.

NAPT president completes special-needs training program
March 24, 2011
Dr. Linda Bluth is the fourth person in the U.S. to successfully complete the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of different settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Special-needs conference covers training, growth
March 17, 2011
Workshops at the Transporting Students With Disabilities event focus on developing staff and students. School bus drivers and attendants compete in the special-needs roadeo.
Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
March 10, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training.
Boy allegedly bullied by special-needs student on bus
March 7, 2011
The mother of a 9-year-old boy says her son was hospitalized after he was kicked by an older student while riding the bus. She wants the other student to be taken off of the bus, but she says school officials told her that the student cannot be removed because he has special needs.
Simplifying Wheelchair Lifts
March 7, 2011

The wheelchair lift industry is moving toward technology that reduces equipment complications and helps users better understand how to operate and maintain their lifts.

Updated diabetes guide available
March 4, 2011
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel provides school personnel (including transportation managers and bus drivers), parents and students with a team approach for helping students manage their diabetes in a school setting. The guide includes revised information on such topics as training for school personnel.
Special-needs transportation: Looking back while facing forward
March 1, 2011

An expert on transporting students with special needs reflects on changes in the transportation of special-needs students over the past 25 years.

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