Bright Horizons Center in Florida is gifted the newly renovated set by the wheelchair securement supplier.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A school bus driver and attendant here were fired and denied unemployment benefits for an incident involving a special-needs student last November, WHO reports.
Documents related to an unemployment insurance appeals decision state that Ruby Taylor, the bus attendant, mistreated the student during a bus ride on Nov. 4, according to the news source. The document states that the student was crying when he boarded the bus. The boy required seating securement with a wraparound seat belt, and the document alleges that Taylor did not secure the straps tightly enough, allowing the student to stand up.
In honor of our February 2020 special-needs issue, check out these photo submissions and those from previous stories highlighting special-needs transporters and the important aspects of their job.
Some pupil transporters increasingly look beyond the big yellow bus to transport students with special needs and those who are homeless or in foster care, choosing minivans, taxicabs, and other smaller-capacity vehicles.
Drivers taking part in demos say that LiquidSpring, which adjusts the bus floor level in response to rough roads, makes the ride more comfortable. The system is available on IC Bus’s Type Cs.
The school bus manufacturer's director of product planning discusses embracing alternative fuels and customizing buses to meet a variety of special needs.
Students with autism can become overwhelmed by the noise and crowded space on a school bus. Drivers and aides can help by accessing transportation plan information to minimize triggers, establishing consistent routines, and giving calm, clear direction.
Eighteen-year-old Sam Bryant is attempting to board his school bus when he is hit by a vehicle illegally passing the bus. He is transported and released from the hospital with minor injuries.
Pollard talks about creating a successful annual driver training event, his passion for serving special-needs students, and the “special ride” he was able to coordinate for a student with autism.
Bud Fears represented both the school bus and paratransit segments, and played a key role in expanding the company’s wheelchair securement market in the Midwest region.
The survey covers such topics as driver pay, student ridership, and special-needs bus equipment.
The securement equipment supplier recognized Dan Ellison, an occupational therapist and driving specialist at the Shepherd Center, for his success in the personal mobility industry and his ability to provide individualized training for mobility device passengers.
Rochester Public Schools equips the van with the AbiliTrax Shift N Step, a dual-entry system to provide transportation service to ambulatory students and those who use wheelchairs.
Dean Transportation teaches drivers and aides the skills so they can better understand what a variety of students experience on the school bus.
Harris County School District’s new buses feature an assigned seat for each student that is customized for the equipment they need.
Russ Clark, a driver for Rockford Public Schools, is named 2019 Education Support Staff Professional of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education.
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