Transporting Students with Disabilities and special needs

Virtual Conference and Trade Show

Due to the national health concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak and the continued closing of schools, the TSD Conference & Trade Show is going virtual!

Nov. 9 – 11, 2020

TSD Virtual Conference Attendee $199

Conference Videos

Q’Straint Training Options

Q’Straint Wheelchair Securement in the Time of Covid-19

REI Product Showcase

REI Roundtable

About the TSD Conference

The Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs Conference, held annually since 1992, offers workable solutions and practical answers to pressing questions about transporting students with special needs — from preschool to adult transition services. It is designed to not only increase safety for this special student population, but to also make local operations more efficient and effective.

This year’s virtual TSD Conference will feature dozens of education sessions and workshops, as well as product demonstrations, a virtual trade show and networking opportunities with peers as well as vendors.

Who should attend the TSD Conference & Trade Show?

Transportation professionals nationwide who want to learn the latest trends in special needs transportation training, products and services. They also learn about how to produce better, more quantifiable results from their transportation team and operations.

Attendees include: Transportation Directors and Supervisors, Purchasing Agents, School Bus Association Members, Superintendents, Fleet Managers, Mechanics and Technicians, Operations Managers, Driver Trainers, Safety Trainers, Special Needs Transportation Routers, Dispatchers, Administrators, Special Education Professionals, Private Fleet Operators, Head Start/Childcare Professionals, Executives and CEOs, and School Bus Dealers.

Non-refundable registration service fee: All registrations will include a $4.50 non-refundable registration service fee.

Sponsors/Exhibitors do NOT register using this page. This method is for non-exhibiting attendees. Instructions to register staff members will be sent separately.

Conference Speakers

Temple Grandin

Autism Spectrum Advocate, Author & Animal Husbandry Expert

In addition to being an expert in designing livestock handing facilities as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Temple Grandin is an example of a great mind that happens to also be challenged by autism. Her life was chronicled in a 2010 HBO movie starring Clare Danes that demonstrated her perseverance and determination, despite her condition being unknown at the time. Temple turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education. She will share with TSD Virtual attendee her perspectives on and experience with autism, and she’ll advise student transporters on the importance of focusing on the child rather than the disability she or he may have. A live question-and-answer session follows her keynote address.

Marilyn Bull, M.D., FAAP

Expert in Developmental – Behavioral Pediatrics & Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Dr. Marilyn Bull is the Morris Green Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, in the division of developmental pediatrics. She is currently on faculty as a neurodevelopmental physician in the division of developmental pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. Her administrative appointments include director of the Down Syndrome Program and director of the Feeding Team at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and she serves as co-medical director of the Automotive Safety Program at Indiana University School of Medicine, where her research interests include “safe transportation of children with special health care needs.” Dr. Bull is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and represents the organization on the National Child Passenger Safety Board. She will discuss the latest interim guidance issued by AAP on cleaning child safety restraint systems as well as a position that encourages the safe return of students to school. A live question-and-answer session follows her keynote address.


As of 11/3/20. Subject to change.

8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET
Welcome & Orientation Session

8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET
Transportation Director Roundtable Brought to you by REI

8:55 a.m. PT/Noon ET
Temple Grandin Keynote Presentation + Q&A

10:10 a.m. PT/1:10 p.m. ET
D2: Fundamentals of Special Needs Transportation (Part 1)

10:35 a.m. PT/1:35 p.m. ET
MS: Video Demonstration of Proper 5-Point Harness Securement
D1: Learning Lessons from COVID-19

11:20 a.m. PT/2:20 p.m. ET
Q’STRAINT/SURE-LOK Product Showcase

11:35 a.m. PT/2:35 p.m. ET
ALC Product Showcase

11:50 a.m. PT/2:50 p.m. ET
Zonar Product Showcase

12:15 p.m.PT/3:15 p.m. ET
Virtual Trade Show

1:15 p.m. PT/4:15 p.m. ET
D1: Re-Engaging Students & Parents in a COVID-19 World
D2: Hot Topic: Child Safety Restraint Systems
D3: Addressing Sexual Assault on the School Bus

2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET
Live School Transportation Nation Podcast

2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET
Happy Hour with Conference Speakers

8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET
Day Two Welcome + Q’STRAINT/SURE-LOK Presentation

8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET
Transfinder Product Showcase

8:45 a.m. PT/11:45 a.m. ET
Easy Way Safety Services Product Showcase

9 a.m. PT/Noon ET
Dr. Marilyn Bull Keynote Presentation

9:40 a.m. PT/12:40 p.m. ET
D1: Roundtable on American Academy Pediatrics Guidance for Special Education Transportation
D2: Out-of-the-Box Training & Testing of Staff in a Virtual Environment
D3: Hot Topic:  Fire Suppression Systems for Special Needs Routes

10:25 a.m. PT/1:25 p.m. ET
D1: Mainstreaming Students with Disabilities on General Education Routes
D2: Fundamentals of Special Needs Transportation (Part 2)
D3: Developing Partnerships with Private Transportation Contractors

11:20 a.m. PT/2:20 p.m. ET
Besi Product Showcase

11:35 a.m. PT/2:35 p.m. ET
Micro Bird Product Showcase

11:50 a.m. PT/2:50 p.m. ET
REI Product Showcase

12:15 p.m. PT/3:15 p.m. ET
Virtual Trade Show

1:15 p.m. PT/4:15 p.m. ET
D1: Five Assumptions to Avoid When Transporting Students with Disabilities
D2: COVID-19 Implications on Personnel Decisions
D3: What Is In Your Bus Evacuation Plan?

2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET
Live School Transportation Nation Podcast 

2:30 p.m. PT /5:30 p.m. ET
Happy Hour with Conference Speakers

8 a.m. PT/11a.m. ET
Day Three Welcome + ALC Presentation

8:20 a.m. PT/11:20 a.m. ET
United Safety & Survivability Corporation Product Showcase

8:35 a.m. PT/11:35 a.m. ET
Synovia Solutions Product Showcase

8:50 a.m. PT/11:50 a.m. ET
EZ-ON Product Showcase

9:05 a.m. PT/12:05 ET
Moving Forward With a Team-Approach to Providing Service to Students

10:10 a.m. PT/1:10 p.m. ET
D1: How to Get Information Transportation is Entitled To
D2: PBIS on the School Bus
D3: Fundamentals of Special Needs Transportation – Part 3 (1 hour)
D4: Hot Topic: Alternative Transportation

11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET
D1: Updates on 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics Guidance on “Transporting Students with Special Health Needs”
D2: Crisis Planning for Special Needs Transportation
D3: Empathy Training for School Bus Drivers & Monitors
D4: Roadeo Corner

Noon PT/3 p.m. ET
Virtual Trade Show

1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET

1:45 p.m. PT/4:45 p.m. ET
Live School Transportation Nation Podcast

MS = Main Stage • D1 = Discussion Room 1 • D2 = Discussion Room 2 • D3 = Discussion Room 3 • D4 = Discussion Room 4

Have a Question

Questions and Comments

Please fill out the form below and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you can give us a call using the contact information on the right for an immediate response.

Conference Management

Alice Hung Sabedra
Event Manager

Questions regarding registration,
payments, and invoicing:

Amy Yamakawa
Event Coordinator

Samantha Gyerman
Event Coordinator

Conference Programing

Roseann Schwaderer
TSD Conference Chair and Conference Founder

Ryan Gray
Editorial Director

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Tony Corpin
President, STN Media Group

TSD Virtual Conference FAQ

Thank you for joining us at the TSD Virtual Conference and Trade Show! We encourage all participants to engage in session discussions and take advantage of the networking opportunities. To ensure each participant has a memorable experience, we expect everyone to be respectful, courteous and professional towards each other. By registering and attending the conference, you are agreeing to comply with the TSD Virtual Code of Conduct. 

Should you have any questions during the conference, please feel free to hop into the STN Help Desk and someone from our staff will be happy to assist you!

I registered and paid for the in-person TSD Conference scheduled for March 2020 in Texas. Can I use my funds for this conference?
Yes! We’re happy to transfer your registration to the TSD Virtual Conference. Please review the TSD Virtual Registration Policy before we proceed. Once you have reviewed the policy, email us at to confirm that the policy has been agreed upon and you would like to transfer your registration. We will then re-register you from the backend. After we transfer your registration, you’ll receive a new confirmation email and instructions on how to update your registration details.

Please DO NOT sign up again on the TSD website. This will incur additional charges to your account. Contact us and we will re-register you from the backend.

Already registered for in-person TSD Conference but did not pay the registration fees yet? Please contact us to zero out your account before re-registering.

How do I log into the TSD Virtual event?
Use your All Access Pass Login Link

  1. Locate the All Access Pass email sent from School Transportation News/Hopin. If you did not receive this email, check your spam/junk box as it might have been blocked by your email firewall. 
  1. In the email, please click on the blue Accept & Log In to Hopin button. Follow instructions to confirm and log in. 
  2. This will take you to the TSD Virtual Lobby Reception page
  3. Join in on the action! Enjoy!

PRO TIP: If you’re new to Hopin, once you’re at the lobby, update your account password to easily log in if you lose your log in link. 

  1. Click on My Account in the top right corner (it should be a circle with your initials)
  2. In your account, click on the Profile tab.  Select Change Password button about halfway down the page
  3. Create your own password for your Hopin account
  4. Once completed, open a new tab in your browser and visit the link:
  5. Log in using your account information
  6. Once in the Hopin platform, click on the Events tab, and select TSD Virtual Conference event
  7. Join in on the action! Enjoy!


Can’t find or receive the All Access Pass Email? –Log in Via HopIn Password Reset

  1. Visit the link:
  1. Click on Forgot your password on top of the blue Sign In button
  1. Submit the email address you used to register for the TSD event and click on the blue Send Instructions button. It is important to enter the same email address used to register for the event. You will receive an email to reset your password
  1. Open the Reset password instruction email and click on the Change my password link
  1. Create your password when your browser opens a new page to reset your password for the Hopin site
  1.  Once you submit your password, the browser will take you to your account page on Hopin
  1. Once in the Hopin platform, click on the Events tab, and select TSD Virtual Conference event
  2. Join in on the action! Enjoy!
I registered for the event but did not receive any login information for the virtual platform.
If you have completed your registration on Cvent and paid for the conference, you will receive an email from School Transportation News/Hopin to log into the virtual platform. Please check spam/junk folder if you do not receive the email. If you cannot to confirm your registration status. 

If you registered but we did not receive payment, you will not be onboarded to the virtual platform. 

If you re-registered and transferred your payment credit but did not log in to update your registration details, you will not be onboarded to the virtual platform. 

To check your registration details and payment status, use the following instructions:

  1. Visit our TSD Conference website at
  2. Click on the Register Now button on the home page (You must do this for each separate registration)
  3. Click on Already Registered? on the registration page
  4. Input registrant’s email address and confirmation number (sent to you after re-registration), click OK
  5. You are now in the registration portal. Here you can review your registration details.
  6. Click on the Modify button on the top left corner and update your contact information and registration questions.
  7. Scroll to the bottom to check your payment details. If you have a balance, you can make a credit card payment by clicking on the Submit Payment button on the top menu bar.
I’m in! What do I do now?
Please feel free to explore the TSD virtual platform. You will see several buttons on the left control panel. 

Click on Virtual Lobby to see the details of the event and scroll down to see the daily schedule.  Click on Trade Show to visit all the sponsored booths for the TSD Virtual Trade Show. The trade show will be open all day, however, we do have dedicated trade show hours each day, so you don’t need to miss out on any sessions. What to meet new people and chat? Click on Networking to be randomly matched with an attendee. You can also use the chat function to message all conference attendees. You can also participate in our daily polls here. Presentations and keynotes will be on the Main Stage or Sessions during its scheduled time slot. Please review the daily schedule for time and location for each event.

Where is the daily schedule?
You can see the agenda on the TSD website at Please note all schedules are subject to change without notice.

When the event is live, head over to the TSD reception on the virtual platform by clicking the Virtual Lobby button on the left panel. Scroll down and you’ll see the daily schedule. Select desire date to see the schedule for that day. 

Please note that all times are displayed in your time zone. 

Presentation/event locations (Main Stage, Sessions, Trade Show) are displayed under the time for each event. Please select the correct button on the left panel at the start of the presentation/event to join. Please note that Sessions will only appear on the list during its time slot.

I missed a session! Where can I re-watch a presentation?
Unfortunately, the virtual platform does not have an on-demand replay capability, and some of our speakers are not allowing recordings of their sessions, so like at a live conference, it is important to mark your calendar and attend the sessions that are important to you. A few of our keynotes may be recorded and replayed (replay schedule and location TBD), but to get the most out of our event, please plan on joining us live during the conference and lend your voice to the community.
I’m trying to join in on a session discussion. How do I get on camera?
Participants are encouraged to join in the discussion on each Session. To join on camera, click on the yellow Share Audio and Video button to request to join. A moderator will see your request to join. Once the moderator accepts your request, you’ll be live on screen. Please make sure your camera and microphone are turned on. There is a limit to how many screens can be live at a time, so please be patient if you’re added into the queue. You can also utilize the Chat feature to send messages to everyone watching the session. Please be courteous and professional to others during the sessions. 

See the Code of Conduct for this event, please visit the STN Terms and Conditions.

I clicked on Share Audio and Video and nothing happened. Now what?
Sometimes your computer or internet just needs a quick refresh if the page times out. Please cancel the request, refresh the page and try again. 

If that doesn’t work, your browser could be blocking the action for security reasons. The browser may be trying to ask for permission to allow your camera and microphone to be used on the page. A pop up may appear on your browser, and you must allow the site to use your camera and microphone in order for your request to go through. If you’re still having trouble, please see our staff at the TSD Help Desk and we’ll help you troubleshoot the issue. You can also check out this Hopin article for more information.

I’m presenting and I hear a horrible echo! What is wrong?
There are two likely scenarios that can cause an echo during a session, first being someone accidently having a second browser window or tab open, and the other being two computers close to each other in a crowded office space.

Unlike a webinar or a Zoom meeting, with a virtual conference there are many ways you can interact with your peers: Stage events, group sessions or one-on-one networking meetings. Since several of these could be running simultaneously, it is very easy to make a mistake and have multiple browser windows or tabs open, each with the microphone picking up the sound from the other window, which then goes into an infinite echo.

What do I do?

The first step is to make sure you are not the source of the issue. This is like the safety video on the plane where you put your oxygen mask on first before assisting the person next to you. Mute your microphone on your active session and check that you do not have any other browser windows or tabs open.

If the problem persists, you can try muting each of the speakers on the session to try to identify the source of the issue.

I am a moderator – how can I help?

The moderator of a session or trade show booth has the added ability to remove someone from a session. If after confirming that your computer is not the issue, you can try to identify another user that might be having difficulty. You can remove that person from the session and continue.  Once that person resolves their issue, they can request to rejoin the session. 

None of that worked – now what?

Sometimes a session needs to be restarted to clear up the problem. In this case a moderator might ask all the people on camera to leave momentarily and then come back into the session. The moderator would then leave as well. Having a session with no one sharing their camera or microphone effectively “resets” the session.

Office environment best practices:

If you can, use a pair of headphones or ear buds to listen to the event. If you are in a crowded area where another guest might be on the same virtual event, keep your microphone button on your screen muted unless you would like to speak. Ask the other person nearby to mute their microphone button.

I’m having a hard time accessing the virtual platform!
The preferred web browser for the Hopin platform is Google Chrome or FireFox. If you are using any other web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Safari, or Microsoft Edge, please exit and download either Google Chrome or Firefox to access the platform. You can also refer to this support article from Hopin for more details.
Can I watch on my smart phone or tablet?
Yes, however, the preferred method is using your web browser on your desktop or laptop. You can check out this support article from Hopin for more details.
How do I chat with a participant?
From the TSD Virtual Lobby, you should see the chat panels on the right side of the screen. Click on the Chat tab to see the main conference chat. Click on the People tab to see the list of participants. Search for the desired person using the search bar and click on their profile. Once in their profile, you can invite them to a private video call or send them a private message. 

Please note that if someone is on camera in a session and accepts a private video call at the same time, they will be kicked off the original session and will need to request to join back in. 

While we encourage everyone to participate and network, please be respectful, courteous and professional towards each other. To see the STN Code of Conduct for this event, please visit the STN Terms and Conditions.

Do I have to be on camera?
Participants are encouraged to join in the discussion on each session, meet with vendors in their booth, and network with other attendees. However, you are not required to be on camera. Please feel free to use the chat function to connect to other participants. 

However, if you decide to share your audio and video, please do your part to maintain a professional and safe space for all participants. Please be courteous and respectful to others in any modes of communication within the platform. See the STN Code of Conduct in the STN Terms and Conditions.

I can’t see or hear anything!
If you are joining us from work, there’s a chance that your work network is behind a firewall, blocking Hopin’s access. Please contact the IT department at your workplace to whitelist specific websites and ports in order for Hopin to work properly. Please visit this Hopin support article on Network Connectivity Settings for further instructions.

Tenured Faculty

Alexandra Robinson

Alexandra Robinson

Special Needs Transportation Consultant

Susan Englert Shutrump

Susan Englert Shutrump

Supervisor of OT/PT

Trumbull County (Ohio) Educational Service Center

Tenured Faculty Emeritus

Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.

Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D.

Division of Special Ed/Early Intervention Services

Maryland Department of Education (Ret.)
Peggy A. Burns, Esq.

Peggy A. Burns, Esq.

Legal Consultant

Education Compliance Group
Pauline M. Gervais

Pauline M. Gervais

Executive Director of Transportation

Denver Public Schools (Ret.)
Kathy Strotmeyer

Kathy Strotmeyer

Certified Passenger Safety Technician

American Academy of Pediatrics (Pennsylvania Chapter)
Cheryl Wolf

Cheryl Wolf


Transportation Supervisor, Lafayette (Indiana) School Corp. (Ret.)
Jean M. Zimmerman

Jean M. Zimmerman

Physical Therapy Supervisor (Ret.)

Palm Beach County (Florida) Schools

National Board of Advisors

John Benish

John Benish

NSTA President & Chief Operating Officer

Cook-Illinois Corp.
Kathleen Furneaux

Kathleen Furneaux

Executive Director

Pupil Transportation Safety Institute
Mark Hinson

Mark Hinson

Human Resources Consultant

Education Compliance Group
Charlie Hood

Charlie Hood

Executive Director, NASDPTS

School Transportation Director, Florida Department of Education (Ret.)
Charley Kennington

Charley Kennington

Director, Innovative Transportation Solutions (ret.)

Region 4 ESC in Houston
Miriam Manary

Miriam Manary

Senior Engineering Research Associate

University of Michigan
Pete Meslin

Pete Meslin

Director of Transportation

Newport-Mesa (California) Unified School District (ret.)

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