Special Needs Web Resources

U.S. Department of Education

Building the Legacy of IDEA

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

U.S. Department of Transportation

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Child Safety Restraint Systems on School Buses (NHTSA)

Other Federal Resources

Individualized Education Program (IEP), Team Meetings and Changes to the IEP

U.S. DOE's Guide to the Individualized Education Program

FERPA Regulations
Revised 2010

Questions and Answers on Serving Children with Disabilities Eligible for Transportation
Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, Nov., 4, 2009

Guidance on Permissible Use of IDEA Funds for Transporting Homeless Students with Disabilities
Aug. 5, 2013

OSERS Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities (Aug. 20, 2013)
Overview of school districts' responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities who are subject to bullying continue to receive free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

"Dear Colleague" Guidance on Bullying and Harrassment
Letter from Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Oct. 21, 2014

"Dear Colleague" Guidance on Seclusion and RestraintDear Colleague" Guidance on Seclusion and Restraint
Guidance on how the federal government interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protections students with disabilities from Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Dec. 28, 2016

Autism Awareness

National Autism Awareness Month
Information and resources from the Autism Society

Wheelchairs and Travel

International Organization for Standardization: Wheelchair Mobility
(Enter search phrase "wheelchair mobility")

ANSI/RESNA-Subcommittee on Wheelchair Standards

RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety (Archived)

Transportation Standards (Archived)

Print Resources

National School Transportation Specifications & Procedures
Click on "Download NCST Publications 1939-2010") 

"Transporting Students with Disabilities" by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. and James S. Rosenfeld, Esq.
Reprints available from the National Association for Pupil Transportation

White Papers

School Bus Travel Training
This document is a white paper prepared by Ted Finlayson-Schueler of Safety Rules! and released in May 2011 that examines the possibilities of using the school bus as a place to teach travel training skills. Written with the support of a graduate fellowship from Easter Seals Project Action.

STN Travel Training Webinar
Watch "Learning Life Skills on the School Bus," a 75-minute presentation on travel training to help students with special needs learn how to become self-sufficient in their adult lives by using public transit.