NAPT Summit Report
From sessions on enhancing safety and efficiency to awrds for outstanding service, here's our rundown of highlights from the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2013 Summit, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., in October.
NAPT Trade Show Roundup
New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retracter tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.
NASDPTS Bolsters Support for Lap-Shoulder Belts
The state directors association had previously expressed its support for lap-shoulder belts if funding is made available. At the annual NASDPTS conference, the board strengthens its position by dropping the funding clause.
SBF's Administrator of the Year
Alfred Karam of New York's Bethlehem Central School District has adopted a businesslike approach to running the transportation department, while also focusing on student safety.
5 Tips for Connecting With Special-Needs Students
Using visuals and short, simple statements are key changes drivers and aides can make in their communication style to better connect with students who have hearing, vision and cognitive impairments, and physical endurance issues.
Autism Poses Biggest Challenge in Special-Needs Busing
Forty-seven percent of survey respondents cite autism as having the greatest impact on their operation's service. Support from officials in special education is strong, with 51% of respondents saying they obtain most information about their passengers from this department.
New Wheelchair, Tie-Down Standards
New safety standards for wheelchairs and tie-downs promise to improve transportation safety for people who ust use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here's an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards
Small Bus Specifications
Planning to purchase a small bus? Use our handy specifications table to compare manufacturer models.
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