RE: [CEREBRAL PALSY CLUB] Digest Number 519
If I remember right, when I was in school, there was a discussion about
transportation ONLY when I turned 12 and was getting transported to the
Barre Town School, which is up the hill from my house. I used to live on
the North End of the city, and I would have to be bussed to the school.
When In 5th Grade there, the bus companies that transported me were out of
business. (The Barre City Schools did not have the support services I
This meant that a friend of mine would be doing it. He was paid to do it
daily, and because of my CP, it was required. He took me to school in his
personal vehicle, and brought me home at night. When I had to stay after
school, I DID NOT need a weeks notice prior to doing it - although the
driver would ask me to let him know when I needed to stay. If this was the
case, I would simply tell him when I was in the car. Because of my
disability, it was hard for me to board the BIG YELLOW busses (Type 1's) and
I had no options for van transportation (Van busses are called Type 2
busses) starting in 5th grade. So, I had my friend and my mom doing it.
IF an IEP says that you need special services transportation, the school
should NOT require 2 weeks notice before your son has to stay after school.
This does not make any sense, and is impractical because if your son needs
special help on some of his work, he needs to get that help. Staying after
school is not bad, and I know that because I used to stay 2 days out of the
week in Jr. High to get assistance with math and some science labs.
Of course, the good news is: I *was* able to LEARN to board those big
yellow badboys by the time I left Barre Town School, becxause as part of my
program, I was shown the right way to do it, and now it is easy to do this.
The newest Yellows have Wheelchair tiedowns for 2-3 chairs, but that doesn't
seem to stop the other non-disabled students from boarding the bus. I
actually boarded these new busses and they are better then the type 2's I
used to ride.
Of course, it may be an issue if you live on a hill and they want to send a
Yellow Bus to that location - but whatever they do, it is THE LAW that they
provide trasportation for schoolchildren - disabled or not :)
Non-Disabled children have to follow the rules set forth with regards to
staying after school, and the rules should not be any different for your
son. If they have to roll a special bus so your son can participate, then
they should plan for that contingincy. 2 weeks notice may be needed for
them to PLAN, but come on - thats a little rediculous to me, since
Non-Disabled children don't have to do that.
From: Debbie Sims [mailto:daffyank@...]
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 7:10 AM
Subject: RE: [CEREBRAL PALSY CLUB] Digest Number 519
"Subject: School buses
Hi i am looking for anyone who may be able to give me some
information .... They have proposed a wheelchair for him
but we refused that is not a solution. Does anyone have experience or
know someone i can call to help with this. I live in South NJ.
Thanks for listening sorry its so long.
Tracy Mom to Sean and Sierra "
It is the law that they provide transportation especially if it is
written in his IEP. We are currently fighting with school transportation
concerning after school activity buses. Transportation wants at least a
week's notice prior to staying after. I say, no regular ed student has
to give any notice and I don't feel the wheelchair dependent students
shoould have to. They should have the same rights as everyone else. We
went to the Endependence Center a self-advocacy organization in our area
for assistance. Try talking to the head of transportation, first, then
if not to your liking go the a program in your area for help. There
should be one. (Also having problems with transportation issues when
they plan junior and senior trips as they cannot rent a bus to go out of
town that is accessible--wrong)
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