School Bus Fleet Magazine - January 2014

COVER STORY

5 tips for connecting with special-needs students

By Nicole Schlosser

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. Meanwhile, transportation directors should build a solid communication plan between drivers and aides, teachers, nurses and parents to ensure everyone involved has the information needed to serve the students.

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FEATURES

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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