ERIC Number: ED201154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Transportation of the Handicapped: A Survey of State Education Agency Transportation Directors.
Bluth, Linda, Ed.; Sweeney, Mary Kathleen, Ed.
A survey of 45 State Education Agency Transportation Directors is reported concerning state transportation services for handicapped students. Summary data are given in both tabular and narrative form for the following areas: procedures used for transporting handicapped individuals, handicapped population transported by public and/or private contract, state regulations for bus aides, percentage of costs of transporting handicapped individuals with state/federal funds, states with staff members specifically responsible for transportation of handicapped individuals, frequency of inservice provided for supervisory staff, frequency of inservice provided for transporters of handicapped individuals, frequency of inservice provided for school bus aides, and availability of manuals for transportation of handicapped individuals from State Departments of Education. The summary of major issues and trends identifies such issues as problems of isolated areas, equipment costs, need for improved equipment, transportation to access related servies, safety when transporting infants and preschool children, liability insurance costs, and parental and advocate demands for door to door transportation services in inaccessible locations. Trends identified include rising per pupil costs, more and better training for transporters, more specially equipped vehicles in operation, diverse delivery systems, increased use of aides, and more transportation accountability by administrative rule. Eleven appendixes include the survey instrument, charts detailing survey responses for each area, and an annotated bibliography. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Washington, DC.