Linda F. Bluth Ed.D, Author at School BUSRide

The Importance of School Travel Training in Secondary Transition Planning

The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, emphasized in an up-to-date blog the importance of secondary planning for students with disabilities. The goal being the preparation of students with disabilities for successful secondary transition to postsecondary education, and community living in a range of independent and supportive settings. When […]

A Formula for Specialized Transportation Decision-Making at Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team Meetings

An Individualized Education Program, commonly known as an IEP, is a child-specific written document to ensure that a child with an identified disability attending school receives appropriate specialized instruction and related services. “Related services means transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to […]

Sexual Harassment and Assault on Student School Transportation Vehicles

Don’t Be a Bystander Since 1993, I have served as an expert witness involving litigation concerning sexual harassment and assault of school age children with disabilities transported on school district vehicles traveling to or from school, including school activities. These lawsuits have consisted of sexual harassment and assault by drivers and attendants as well as […]

Why is There Litigation in School Transportation?

Lessons from the Experts School districts are regularly assigned responsibility for transporting our nation’s school-age children with and without disabilities to and from school, utilizing school district vehicles and personnel, and/or approved contractor vehicles and personnel. Regardless of the service delivery model selected, it is reasonable to scrutinize if school transportation safety practices are given […]

The Risk of Underestimating School Transportation Challenges for Children with Disabilities Under the Coronavirus

By Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. The provision of transportation for children with disabilities during the coronavirus can be depicted as perplexing and complicated. School districts across our nation have overwhelmingly underestimated the debilitating impact of the coronavirus on school transportation for children with disabilities and their non-disabled peers alike. A transportation director recently described his […]

A Case for Updating Policies and Procedures for Transporting Children with Disabilities

The onset of COVID-19 brought about an unanticipated rapid request for assistance, regarding the provision of related-service transportation for children with disabilities under pandemic circumstance. Instantaneously, this became a hot topic for transportation and special education personnel. How to address transportation for these children with disabilities with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) continues to remain a […]