Special Needs

What is the True Meaning of FAPE?

Riding the school bus is largely a privilege and not a right. Many states spell this out in their regulations. However, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates the related service of transportation as a right of certain students to receive a free and appropriate education, or FAPE, based upon their needs as related in their Individualized Education Program. Likewise, Title I and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act mandate that schools provide transportation service for low-income and at-risk students.

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TSD Conference Keynote Davidson Delivers 'Precious Cargo'

FRISCO, Texas – After spending a year driving a special needs school bus, Craig Davidson wrote about his evolving relationship with each student who struggled physically, emotionally and socially, and how the “precious cargo” in his care changed his life.

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Trends: Secured Transport for Special-Needs Children

The latest survey from School Transportation News explored the various aspects of transporting special-needs children, including wheelchair safety, fire suppression technology and the growing rate of students diagnosed with autism. 

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New AMF-Bruns Winch System Pulls and Secures Wheelchairs into Vehicles

Hudson, OH, – With boarding and alighting wheelchair falls on the rise, AMF-Bruns of America has developed Easypull - the world’s first fully-integrated winch system that pulls a wheelchair and passenger into a vehicle up a ramp. Attached to the front of the wheelchair, it effortlessly draws the wheelchair inside. Once in place, Easypull’s automatic restraint system secures the wheelchair to the vehicle. 

Are Tracking Devices for Students with Autism on the Horizon?

The  National Autism Association says 49 percent of parents reported their autistic children have “eloped” or wandered away from grocery stores, schools, parks and their homes. These children can be referred to as “runners” and are known to sometimes leave their “safe spaces.” 

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TSD Conference Preview: Q&A with Craig Davidson

Almost a decade ago, author Craig Davidson found himself broke and desperate, his writing career stagnant. One morning in 2008, he happened upon a flyer in his mailbox stating “Bus Drivers Wanted,” and took a chance, becoming a school bus driver for special-needs children. 

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