California Guide for Transporting Students with Disabilities Now Available

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A book on operational best practices for transporting special education students published for the state of California but relevant nationwide has been revised and is now on sale.

Access & Mobility was first published in 1999 to focus on the logistics of transporting students with disabilities when the concept of the least restrictive environment was new to the industry. The California Association of School Transportation Officials recently published a revision to address not only how to provide school bus service but also to reflect newer ideas on how to provide service that is best for students, utilize the school bus as a classroom, increase transportation efficiency, and collaboratebetween districts.

“We intentionally kept Access & Mobility short enough to maintain the look and feel of a guide rather than a book,” said chief contributor Pete Meslin, transportation director at Newport-Mesa Unified School District in Southern California. “This was particularly challenging as our knowledge of how to provide transportation service in support of special education has grown exponentially in the last 11 years. The goal was to design a document that can be read in one or two sittings.”

Meslin and CASTO developed the reference book with input from several experts from around the state and the nation. The book contains just enough law and theory, Meslin added, to give readers a basis for the recommended operational procedures.

“Needless-to-say, I have a fresh appreciation for the importance of editing as well as the hard work involved,” he said.

The book may be ordered online for $29.95 each. Bulk pricing is available.