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December 02, 2011  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Ohio pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training


ALBANY, N.Y. — A pupil transporter in Cincinnati has joined the growing group of officials in the industry who have successfully completed the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) Special Needs Transportation (SNT) Training Program.

Dona Marie Beauchea, an employee of FirstGroup America, has completed the program, becoming the 13th person in the nation to achieve this recognition.

The NAPT SNT Training Program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services.

The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual’s specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities, according to the association.

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Is it common practice for a driver of a special needs bus to lower the lift while driver is still standing in the bus? The reason I'm asking is that on 11-11-11 my daughter who is in a wheelchair was put onto the lift while the aid & bus driver was standing inside the bus, the lift broke and fell down hill causing my daughter to be hung by her neck from tha safety strap, if I had not been there that day to push the chair back she might have been killed. Ohio state law does not require lifts on handicap school buses to be inspected or repaired by a certified lift tech, but yet we would not step onto an elevator that was worked on by the local garage. Why Is This?

Ann Reed    |    Dec 14, 2011 07:51 AM

Yayyy-- Great Job!Gives a great sense of accomplishment to have it on paper too so everyone can see it!! Proudly display what you worked so hard to earn! Sometimes after transporting special needs students for 27 years I feel like I have been through every kind of training there is! I have learned and done some maintence work on busses in my many years..Experienced all types of weather,bus breakdowns,student behaviors and citizen behaviors to boot!! LOL.. all in a day of the life of a busdriver...

Linda Smith    |    Dec 06, 2011 06:41 AM

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