The 2020 TSD Conference promises to provide the latest and greatest in engaging training and essential updates for transportation professionals who work with special needs students.
Nearly four dozen workshops and sessions highlight year’s Transporting Students With Disabilities and Special Needs Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Frisco, Texas, from March 20 to 25.
The TSD Conference website is newly updated with detailed descriptions for sessions on behavior, legal and operational compliance, child safety restraint systems, student evacuations, driver and monitor training, and more that attendees can choose from during the five days of the conference.
Popular returning speakers include consultant and expert witness Linda Bluth, legal consultant Peggy Burns, and behavior expert Patrick Mulick.
Mulick presents his keynote on igniting passion in your special needs transportation team on Sunday, March 22. The next morning, school psychologist and author Adam Sáenz presents his keynote on how school bus drivers can keep themselves and their student riders sane. The last keynote will be delivered on Tuesday, March 24, by special needs education attorney Dianna Bowen, who will share 10 recent enlightening developments in special education law.
Bluth, a quality assurance and monitoring consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education, will share insights on how transportation departments can achieve a culture of compliance with federal and state regulations, using the case study of Baltimore City Public Schools as an example. She will also share real-world examples of complex issues that arise on special education routes.
Burns will facilitate several panels on topics such as understanding how student disabilities may impact their rides to and from school, what to do when drivers and attendants don’t follow their training, and best practices for managing and overseeing service provided by private contractors.
The Trade Show, featuring over 70 vendors with the latest in products and services for the industry, takes place on March 22 and 23. Also, several seats are still open in the Specialized Training classes that are scheduled for Friday, March 20.
Early Bird pricing of $399 ($100 off the standard Main Conference Attendee rate), is still in effect through Friday, Feb. 14.