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20th National Conference offers NAPT Special Needs Training Program
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Join your colleagues at the 20th National Conference & Exhibition of Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers in Kansas City, Mo., from March 11-16. All six courses of the NAPT Special Needs Training (SNT) Program are on the program.

In addition to the SNT program, take part in more than 40 presentations and observe or compete in the 14th Annual Special Needs Team Safety ROADEO. For more information on the NAPT SNT program go to

For more information on the Conference, go to or call (703) 288-4088. Early-bird registration has been extended to Feb. 4. Sign up now and save $100!

Recap: 'Exploring The Peaks and Valleys of Emotional Disturbance'
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If you missed our latest Webinar, “Exploring The Peaks and Valleys of Emotional Disturbance” by Kathy Furneaux, Executive Director of PTSI, you’re in luck! We have archived the presentation on our website for your viewing convenience. Click here to see this and/or presentations in the webinar archive section of our website. More


Rosa Parks on the school bus
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Recently, 40-year-old Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar was released after serving nine days in jail on a felony conviction for tampering with records. Williams-Bolar's offense? Lying about her address so her two daughters, zoned to the Akron city schools, could attend better schools in the neighboring Copley-Fairlawn district. More

No ads on Utah school buses, House says
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Concerns about safety brought down a bill recently that would have allowed advertisements on public school buses. With a vote of 27-44, HB199 failed to pass the House body. Rep. Don Ipson, R-Utah, said the ads would be distracting to other drivers. "We can never sacrifice the safety of our children to generate a few dollars," he said. The bill would have allowed school districts to place ads on the sides of buses only. 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

Facebook launches group-buying prototype
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Facebook currently is testing a new feature called "Buy With Friends," which allows users to get discounts on virtual goods purchased by their friends. Here's how it works: A user makes an in-app purchase using Facebook's currency, Facebook Credits, and shares it in his or her news feed. A friend sees the purchase and can then buy the same item at a discount directly in the newsfeed. Currently, the feature only works for certain in-game purchases of virtual goods. Developers determine the items and terms of the promotion. More

The importance of digital citizenship in social media
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Educators must use caution and teach students about the basics of digital citizenship before incorporating technology into the classroom, high school technology specialist Andrew Marcinek writes in this blog post. He suggests having students search for examples of inappropriate use, teach each other about possible repercussions and become familiar with their social media privacy rights. More

Satellite device helps student with special needs travel to school
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A 16-year-old student with special needs in Edinburgh, Scotland, is using a SkyGuard GPS satellite device to help him travel independently to school. The hand-held device, which has been used throughout the city by elderly individuals and those with special needs, tracks students' locations and includes two-way communication capabilities. City officials hope to expand its use to other special-needs schools and eliminate the need for staffers to take some students to and from school. More

Transportation chief lobbies Ford, Chrysler to help stop distracted driving
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who has used his bully pulpit to promote bans on texting and phoning while driving, recently met privately with Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne to gain their support in preventing distracted driving. In 2009, the latest year for which data are available, distracted driving was a factor in 5,474 traffic fatalities, which is 16 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Distracted driving is an epidemic," LaHood said. More

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Plants that earn their keep
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Could airport security gardens be the wave of the future? ("Please have photo ID and boarding pass ready and walk past the rhododenrons.") How about a defensive line of bomb-sniffing tulips in Central Park in New York, or at the local shopping mall's indoor waterfall, or lining the streets of Baghdad. Researchers at Colorado State University said recently they had created the platform for just such a plant-kingdom early warning system: plants that subtly change color when exposed to minute amounts of TNT in the air. More

Would seat belt enforcement on school buses make students safer?
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The recent school bus crash in Savannah, N.Y., has brought to light concerns about student safety. School districts each have their own policies on bus safety, most of which follow state guidelines. Despite laws that require children through age 14 to wear a seat belt when traveling in a car, the law does not require their use on a school bus. Statutes require that all buses come equipped with seat belts, but their use is at the discretion of each school district, who in turn leave it up to students. Whether seat belt use should be required on school buses is a matter of much debate. More

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication safety demonstration impresses
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Recently, Research and Innovative Technology Administrator Peter Appel and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration Brodi Fontenot were treated to a demonstration of Ford Motor Company's new vehicle-to-vehicle safety technology. With vehicle-to-vehicle communication, intelligent cars talk to each other wirelessly, warning drivers of potential dangers. Ford is one of the first automakers to build prototype vehicles demonstrating this exciting new technology, which also could be installed in buses, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles. More

New low-cost child safety development for school buses
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The automotive industry is on a constant search for new solutions that improve road safety. Sometimes, you don’t need complicated development to protect human beings from the dangers posed by moving vehicles — this is exactly what Public Transportation Safety International Corporation is trying to tell us by introducing a low-cost solution for tackling the problem of the hazardous zone near the rear dual wheels of school buses. More

Pay for safety now, or pay the consequences later
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Deborah A.P. Hersman, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, spoke recently at the Transportation Research Board's 90th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. While Hersman's role is overseeing NTSB, which investigates accidents, she used her speech as a reminder that proactive spending on safety is a prudent path to take. "Congress has passed over a dozen extensions for the FAA and at least half a dozen extensions for highway programs, primarily because they cannot agree on tough issues like financing," she said. "The decisions made, or not made, in the coming months affect all of us in this room but, more importantly, determine the transportation realities for all Americans." 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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