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February 2011 Issue


Understanding Children With Autism

By Jocelyn Taylor, MS CCC SLP

An expert on the disorder explains the reasons behind students’ disruptive or inappropriate behavior and offers tips for how pupil transporters can respond to improve the quality of students’ lives in and outside the school bus.

Simplifying Wheelchair Lifts

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

Keeping the Yellow Bus Running

Four transportation directors sit down to assess the state of the nation’s school bus systems. Hear their thoughts on targeting efficiency, cutting down on bullying, contributing to student achievement and more.

Operation Focuses on Efficient, Personal Service

The staff at Educational Service District 112’s Specialized Transportation Cooperative in Vancouver, Wash., monitors its growth to cost-effectively meet the needs of its member schools and school districts. Students are provided with customized transportation to maximize their safety.

Editorials

Keep spreading the ‘Love’

ASBC coordinates Love the Bus and provides plenty of resources, but it’s up to you to make sure that there are celebrations in your area.

NAPT News & Views

The idea that school bus drivers in particular need to be recruited and mentored has taken root recently to address a troublesome demographic reality: fewer and fewer young people are choosing "school bus driver" as a career.

Special-needs transportation: Looking back while facing forward

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

The benefits of mainstreaming

Industry professionals say that having special-needs students ride regular-education routes can be cost effective and help the students learn self-advocacy.

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