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20th National Conference and Exhibition of Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers
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Join your colleagues at the 20th National Conference & Exhibition of Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers.

This conference offers more than 40 presentations and is recognized nationally as your best opportunity to get workable solutions and practical answers to your pressing questions about transporting children with special needs — from preschool to transition services. This practical, team driven, hands-on training event takes place:

WHEN: March 11 to 16

The 14th National Special Needs Team Safety ROADEO is scheduled for March 11 to 13

WHERE: Kansas City, Mo., Hyatt Regency Crown Center

ALSO OFFERED: All six courses of the NAPT Special Needs Training Program! For more information on the program please visit

SAVE $100 and register now — EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEB. 4. To register online for the National Conference and/or for more information go to:, or call 703-288-4088.

NAPT Free Webinar Series

The NAPT Free Webinar Series

WHEN: Jan. 27, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Eastern.

WHAT: "Exploring the Peaks and Valleys of Emotional Disturbance"

Click here to sign up for the NAPT free webinar or for SNT 106 Credit.

This webinar may also serve as the coursework required by NAPT's Special Needs Transportation 106: Special Needs Transportation Leadership Seminar. Please note, however, that completion of SNT 101 and two of the following classes — SNT 102, SNT 103, SNT 104 or SNT 105 — are prerequisites for SNT 106.

In order to use this webinar for SNT credit, participants will be required to attend the full webinar and complete and submit a written assignment, which will be emailed to you before the webinar date.

To use the webinar as SNT 106 coursework, please click this link. The price for current NAPT members is $15; for non-members of NAPT it is $50. Non-members should email Brianne for details.

Once you are fully registered, you will receive a payment receipt and webinar instructions.
For info on the Special Needs Endorsement, please visit this page.

Kathy Furneaux
About the webinar: This comprehensive look at transporting children with behavior disorders will explore the challenges of a child with a behavior disorder on a school bus. Discussions will include: understanding these disorders, what they look like, how to diffuse the turmoil they can cause on your buses and what focus you should take in your role as a manager/leader in your operation. Interesting insights from someone who has both driven and managed a school bus transporting children with emotional disturbance/behavior disorders.

About the host: Kathleen A. Furneaux is a 28-year pupil transportation industry veteran. Starting as a substitute school bus monitor on a special needs bus, she advanced to driver and then transportation director. In 1997, she became a transportation specialist for the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, in Syracuse, N.Y., and was appointed executive director of PTSI in 2004.

An accomplished speaker and writer, Furneaux has presented at the following national conferences: Transporting Students with Disabilities, NAPT, National Head Start and STN. In addition, she speaks at state level events throughout the year in the U.S. and Canada, including driver safety refreshers and workshops. Her writing credits include nationally published articles and, notably, she is the co-editor of the New York State Laws & Regulations for School Bus Drivers & Attendants, published by PTSI. She also serves as the executive producer on all PTSI training videos.

Furneaux holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from Southern Columbia University, is an NAPT certified transportation director and a New York State Department of Education master instructor.

Please note: You need to be an active member of NAPT to participate in this webcast.

The only stipulations are that you must have a broadband internet connection. We are now able to broadcast audio for the webinar to your computer. You may also use a phone line to dial into the conference call line.

Love The Bus 2011 Webinar

Alexandra Robinson, ASBC
Derek Graham, NASDPTS
Donnie Fowler, NSTA
NAPT representative to be announced.

Love the Bus 2011 is right around the corner with events taking place nationwide in February to coincide with Valentine's Day. Learn what you can do to celebrate and encourage participation in your district, company and the community-at-large. This webcast presented by the American School Bus Council and School Transportation News will give you the tools to plan your very own Love the Bus events next month.

Cost: Free!
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 26
Time: 8 a.m. PST
Duration: 1 hour


FMCSA and the Bus Industry Safety Council: Working together to protect motor coach passengers
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Safety on our nation’s highways is a top priority for the Department of Transportation — this is true whether travelers are driving themselves or using motor carriers. That's why Bill Bronrott, deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, rode the bus to Philadelphia recently to speak to the American Bus Assocation's "Bus Industry Safety Council.” The Council's mission, "to develop and promote methods, materials, and procedures to improve motorcoach safety," makes BISC a natural partner in FMCSA's own safety efforts. More

WikiLeaks danger concerns city IT leaders
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In November, The New York Times published private U.S. diplomatic information gleaned from leaked documents — only 220 of more than 250,000 — from more than 270 U.S. embassies and consulates. Called "diplomatic cables" by several news outlets, these documents and messages were confidential government property obtained from WikiLeaks, a "not-for-profit media organization" that publishes media submissions from anonymous sources. WikiLeaks became a household name, and the organization's periodic release of confidential government information has shed light on a pesky issue: how to keep private information private, and what to do if it gets out. More

LaHood to celebrate cell phone-free driving advocate
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will headline a special event this month to celebrate the anniversary of FocusDriven, a group that aims to eliminate the use of cell phones while driving. LaHood also held a press conference a year ago to announce the formation of FocusDriven, which was founded by people who have lost loved ones in distracted-driving accidents. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

New survey: What Gen Y drivers really want from their cars
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Every year, when CNBC correspondent Phil LeBeau sees the the Deloitte study of what Gen Y car buyers want or don't want, he's always curious if his view is out of whack with those 15 or 20 years younger than him. In the past, they've generally been in line. Now comes this year's study. Deloitte surveyed more than a thousand car buyers and the findings and comments from Deloitte are quite a mix and even a little baffling. More

House passes school bus violation bill
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The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would enhance penalties for motorists who violate traffic laws while passing school buses. The bill was approved unanimously and goes to the Senate. House Judiciary A Committee Chairman Ed Blackmon, a Democrat from Canton, says the bill calls for increasing fines for motorists caught passing school buses unlawfully. More

Texas school police ticketing students as young as 6
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School police officers in Texas are doling out more tickets to children as young as six, who under past disciplinary practices would have been sent to the principal's office instead, according to a report by a Texas nonprofit. "Disrupting class, using profanity, misbehaving on a school bus, student fights and truancy once meant a trip to the principal's office. Today, such misbehavior results in a Class C misdemeanor ticket and a trip to court for thousands of Texas students and their families each year," says the Appleseed Texas report. More

US airports soon may test body scanner with privacy upgrades
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U.S. airport full-body scanners that show a generic figure rather than actual images of passenger body parts may be deployed to some airports for tests this year, the transportation security chief said recently. John Pistole, who leads the Transportation Security Administration, said he reviewed testing of the upgraded machines and progress is being made. The agency may make decisions on further deployments based on the results of live testing in airports this year. More

Automakers face tough new rollover-crash rule
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Passenger vehicles will have to keep occupants, even those not wearing seat belts, from going through the side windows during a rollover, according to a new regulation recently announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Safety is our highest priority," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in an announcement. "This new standard will help save lives and reduce injuries by requiring vehicles to have a safety system that keeps occupants in the vehicle in a rollover crash." More

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Bullying often takes place online these days, so parents need to get tech-smart
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Awkward biological changes, unpredictable emotions and nebulous social ties make the schoolyard a testing ground for adolescent behavior. As antagonists or victims, many children experience bullying. Some discover their individuality while others explore a darkness that haunts them into adulthood. More

Young Inventioneers tackle distracted driving with engineering and imagination
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Recently, RITA Administrator Peter Appel, NHTSA Deputy Administrator Ron Medford and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHod got a chance to meet the Inventioneers — an award-winning team of young people from Londonberry, N.H., who competed in the FIRST LEGO League engineering competition for the past six years. Ranging in age from 10 to 16, the six group members — TJ Evarts, Jaiden Evarts, Bryeton Evarts, Paige Balcom, Emily Balcom and Kate Balcom — are committed to "inventing to save lives." Last year they put their science and technology skills to use developing a tool to end texting while driving. More

Pew report examines methods to reduce transport's greenhouse-gas emissions
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The Pew Center on Global Climate Change recently released a report illustrating how greenhouse-gas emissions from the U.S. transportation sector can be cut drastically by 2050 using existing and emerging technologies. Transportation is responsible for 27 percent of the country's greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the report, and emissions by the sector will grow 10 percent by 2035 if current trends are not reversed. "Oil dependence carries significant risk for our security and environment," Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center for Global Climate Change, said in a statement. "Cost-effective solutions exist now to begin to manage these risks. By supporting meaningful policies as citizens and choosing advanced technologies as consumers, we will drive the nation toward a cleaner, safer transportation future." More

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.

To order your copy, please e-mail NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

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