Special Needs

Special Needs Legal Expert to Speak at TSD Conference

National legal and compliance expert Melinda Jacobs, Esq., will join TSD Conference attendees to share her wisdom and insights on IDEA and Section 504. Since 1996, Jacobs has exclusively represented school systems in special education matters pursuant to these and other related laws.

Raising Autism Awareness on the School Bus

With one in 68 children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the condition is evidently on the rise across the country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention, this current autism diagnosis rate represents a 30-percent increase since 2008. In order to raise ASD awareness and assistance, the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) and the Autism Society have partnered to provide school bus contractors the necessary training and information about the disorder.

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Operating in a World Beyond the Black and White

RENO, Nev. — Current society cannot simply be viewed through a black and white lens since reality resides inside an obscured gray zone. Tackling problems in this vague in between demands that modern-day transportation departments think outside the box to resolve issues encountered during operations.

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EXPO Kicks off With Safety-Focused Sessions

RENO, Nev. — As the 22nd annual STN EXPO kicked off Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort, child safety came to the forefront with two pre-conference workshops, the NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses and Writing a School Bus Evacuation Plan.

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Baltimore Riots Impact Student Transportation

School districts in the Baltimore area had to alter their transportation operations due to the unrest in the city this week related to protests that devolved into looting and clashes with police over the death of Freddie Gray.

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Pa. House Passes School Bus Driver EpiPen Bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would protect school bus drivers who administer epinephrine auto-injectors, or Epi-Pens, to students.

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