Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, NV | July 21-25 2012

Special Needs

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please note, schedule subject to change

Sunday, July 22

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

“Seizures, Diastat and the School Bus: Providing Reasonable and Inclusive Options for Safe Transport”

Presenters: Sue Shutrump, Ellen Johnson

Diastat, a powerful anti-seizure drug is being prescribed for more school bus passengers. With shorter administration times and available training for non-medical personnel, many school transporters are expected to administer this potent suppository. Join us for an interactive discussion on changing legislation and best practice procedures which meet the needs of these challenging passengers.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

“Dealing with Decreased/Increased Student Enrollment Including NCLB and McKinney Vento”

Moderator: Pam McDonald
Panelists: Michelle Drorbaugh, Launi Schmutz, John Benish

This workshop panel will explore the many challenges of transporting students under the requirements of the No Child Left behind (NCLB), including, McKinney/Vento, and students in foster care. Join our panel discussion as we share ideas and suggestions.

Monday, July 23

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

“Spectrum in the Sky - Viable Solutions for Transporting Students with Autism”

Moderator:  Alexandra Robinson

Panelists: Ellen Johnson, Charlene Majors, Susan Keith

The varying spectrums of Autism are many and the challenges are great, but in this session, participants will come away with viable solutions for even the most challenging of behaviors and operational situations. Be a part of this truly hands-on discussion with our panel of "out of the box" thinking experts.


11 a.m. – Noon


“Seclusion & Restraint”

Moderator: Peggy Burns
Panelists: Steven Huillet, Alexandra Robinson, Michelle Drorbaugh

Those professionals involved in pupil transportation think of restraint in the context of child safety restraint systems. To them, seclusion may suggest a student's assignment to solo transportation in accordance with an IEP. But when does restraint negatively impact safety? When is seclusion a violation of a child's rights and needs?

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

“Bus Evacuation Phase III: Special Needs & Head Start Evacuations with Seat Belts”

Presenters: Charley Kennington, Marisa Weisinger, Susan Hunt

Demonstrations and discussion on how to remove children from safety restraint systems to allow the safe evacuation of a school bus. A PowerPoint presentation will discuss the proper way to remove children from child restraint systems. Demonstrations will be conducted by actually cutting harnesses and lap belts showing the best way to safely remove children from restraint systems. Scenarios: This presentation will have participants from the audience participating in a school bus evacuation drill removing children from child safety restraint systems and role playing the safe removal of the students.

Tuesday, July 24

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

“10 Special Needs Questions You Don't Want to be Asked in Court”

Moderator: Ted Finlayson-Schueler
Panelists: Peggy Burns, Alexandra Robinson, Mike Simmons

You've been sworn in. These are the questions the lawyers will ask about your transportation of students with disabilities. Having the right answers means you are a best practice operation. Having the wrong answers or no answers means that your district or company is about to spend a lot of money. Learn from these experts who have been in that courtroom.

Wednesday, July 25

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

“School Bus Safety Education - Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers”

Presenter: Charlene Majors

So, your state department of education mandates you teach school bus safety education to ALL students who ride publicly funded school transportation. But, do they tell you how to make that happen for students with disabilities and prechoolers? This session will offer several different venues for making this happen!!

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

“Maintaining Your CSRS Investment”

Presenter: Denise Donaldson

A child safety restraint system inventory represents a significant investment, and this session will cover techniques for managing and maintaining these safely.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

“Travel Training: A Bridge to the Future”

Presenters: Ted Finlayson-Schueler

Travel Training is usually 4-6 weeks of intensive instruction for teenagers with disabilities to learn how to ride transit buses. This workshop will examine transit rider skills and identify which can be taught on the school bus and then generalized to the transit environment. Transportation goal-setting then becomes a meaningful part of the IEP process.