Special Needs

Raising Autism Awareness on the School Bus

With one in 68 children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the condition is evidently on the rise across the country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, this current autism diagnosis rate represents a 30-percent increase since 2008. In order to raise ASD awareness and assistance, the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) and the Autism Society have partnered to provide school bus contractors the necessary training and information about the disorder.

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Operating in a World Beyond the Black and White

RENO, Nev. — Current society cannot simply be viewed through a black and white lens since reality resides inside an obscured gray zone. Tackling problems in this vague in between demands that modern-day transportation departments think outside the box to resolve issues encountered during operations.

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EXPO Kicks off With Safety-Focused Sessions

RENO, Nev. — As the 22nd annual STN EXPO kicked off Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort, child safety came to the forefront with two pre-conference workshops, the NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses and Writing a School Bus Evacuation Plan.

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Baltimore Riots Impact Student Transportation

School districts in the Baltimore area had to alter their transportation operations due to the unrest in the city this week related to protests that devolved into looting and clashes with police over the death of Freddie Gray.

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Pa. House Passes School Bus Driver EpiPen Bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would protect school bus drivers who administer epinephrine auto-injectors, or Epi-Pens, to students.

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Maine Team Crowned Special Needs Roadeo Champs

FRISCO, Texas — Maine took home the top prize Saturday night at the 18th Annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, co-sponsored by School Transportation News and the National Association for Pupil Transportation. Drivers Lisa Gadway and Gregg McGoff from the Maine School Administrative District #49 earned first place for their performance in the competition.

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