Behavior on the bus, autism, and bullying prevention are among the topics covered in an OPTA training event.
The Kentucky mother says that she had requested monitors on the buses before, but there wasn’t one aboard during the alleged sexual assault of her son, who is severely autistic.
Monica Burke of Colorado is facing 24 counts of felony assault for allegedly beating a student with severe autism and spraying aerosol cans in his face.
Anthony Corona of California, who had autism, lost consciousness and died after an episode in which he became agitated. The bus driver and aides reportedly tried to calm him, performed CPR, and called 911.
All school bus drivers and aides in the state have to go through the training program, which was mandated by a bill passed last year.
Ten-year-old Alex Perez of New Jersey sees smoke coming from the bus engine and yells to get the bus driver’s attention. All passengers are evacuated from the bus with no serious injuries.
A jury finds Jeannette Burrage of Washington not guilty of assaulting a 6-year-old boy with autism. Video showed her in a scuffle with the boy, but the jury couldn’t prove that she intentionally hit him.
Pupil Transportation Cooperative in California will push for electronic notification devices in its buses and have two adults monitor every bus to make sure no student is left on board following the death of a student on one of its buses last week.
The Big Give for Autism is an online advocacy and awareness campaign culminating in the largest nationwide fundraising event held for autism.
A 19-year-old student was found dead in an empty school bus in California, and his family believes he was left in the bus all day. He was severely autistic and nonverbal, and may have stayed on the bus because he was waiting for a cue, family members say.
The toolkit will provide school bus staff members with information on autism spectrum disorder, signs for early detection and ways to communicate this information to caregivers and parents.
The bill, which adds school buses to the list of school locations in which students’ service animals are allowed, awaits the governor’s signature.
Larry Eason, who has been driving for Hannibal (N.Y.) Central School District for 27 years, wins the Friends of Autism award from a county task force. One of Eason’s passengers nominated him for the award, writing that “Larry is my bus driver and he is my friend. ... He is always patient and takes great care of me.”