Special Needs

Taking Inventory of Available Special Transportation Information

Over the past 20 years, I have received hundreds of interesting calls requesting technical assistance from scores of individuals including, but not limited to, legislative members, government officials, lawyers, press, state and local directors of both transportation and special education, parents and advocates.

IDEA Hits the Road: First Impressions (Part 2)

Editor's note -- This article is the second in a two-part series discussing the definition of the related service transportation, discipline, behavior, alternative educational settings and expulsion from the school bus. In part two, the author focuses on Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, personnel training, transportation to charter schools and private school placements made by parents, multiple educational program sites and procedural safeguards and due process hearings.

IDEA Hits The Road: First Impressions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (Part 1)

Editor's note: Utilizing a Question and Answer format, Dr. Linda Bluth of the Maryland Dept. of Education begins a two-part series to clarity the effect to pupil transportation of the newly issued final regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997. In part one she discusses related service, discipline, behavior, alternative educational settings, and expulsion from the school bus. In part two she will address other aspects of the law including requirements for transportation personnel to attend Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and be familiar with IEP content and the need for more personnel training for supervisor, drivers, and monitors.

Behavior Management Training and the Video Camera: A Winning Partnership

For years now, transportation personnel have mysteriously searched for the optimal way to manage inappropriate and dangerous student behavior on the school bus. At times, there is a desperate necessity to find the secret to unlocking what works best for eliminating inappropriate student behavior that jeopardizes safety. In reality, there is no secret to what works for all students, but rather a combination of interventions that work together.