Industry veteran Ted Finlayson-Schueler is the latest pupil transportation official to complete the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) Special Needs Transportation (SNT) Training Program.
Finlayson-Schueler is president of the non-profit organization Safety Rules! in Syracuse, N.Y. Officials said he attended and completed the SNT curriculum at the NAPT Summit in Portland, Ore., in 2010 and in Cincinnati in 2011, as well as through the New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s offerings.
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 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, officials said.
As previously reported, Joanne Vento of Colorado and Renee DeVall of Virginia recently completed the program as well.