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Cover Story - January 2014 2014

5 tips for connecting with special-needs students

By: Nicole Schlosser

Using visuals and short, simple statements are key changes drivers and aides can make in their communication style to better connect with students who have hearing, vision and cognitive impairments, and physical endurance issues. Meanwhile, transportation directors should build a solid communication plan between drivers and aides, teachers, nurses and parents to ensure everyone involved has the information needed to serve the students.

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NAPT trade show: buses, components and more

New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show in Grand Rapids, Mich., include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retractor tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.


Contractors target top issues for 2014

NSTA President Tim Flood points to the challenges of a regulatory environment that he says could hinder the efficiency of contractors’ operations and increase driver shortages.


Positive experiences with seat belts

In the debate on whether seat belts are a good fit for large school buses, it seems that the best insight comes from those who actually have experience with the restraints in their fleet. SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon hit the road in November to visit Buellton USD and another district in Santa Barbara County, Goleta USD. Both had interesting perspectives to share about their fleets and the environments in which they operate.

Victoria Arlen, a gold medal-winning para-athlete swimmer, explained how she has overcome her struggles with paralysis to succeed.

Web exclusive: Bonus coverage of NAPT sessions

Here's the scoop on several engaging sessions at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2013 Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. Topics include school bus loading and unloading safety, Medicaid reimbursement, and overcoming the challenges of a disability.


Silicone Spray

AMSOIL Silicone Spray lubricates and protects nonmetal surfaces with a dry lubricating film, making it ideal for applications that may be damaged by conventional lubricants such as grease or oil, according to company officials.


ST 1085 Vehicle Lift

The ST 1085 features a Multi Master System, equipped with a control box on each individual column.


Compressed Natural Gas Engine Oil

BRAD PENN Compressed Natural Gas Engine Oil is a multi-viscosity lubricant specifically designed for use in compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles.


Electronic reminder system

The Child Check-Mate electronic reminder system is now connected to Zonar’s GPS/telematics solution. In addition to monitoring the child check procedures of each bus driver, districts utilizing both systems can verify that the Child Check-Mate system is active on each bus.

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