Training and Compassion Drive Special Needs Transportation

Written By: LaJuan Bobo - November 24th, 2019

When it comes to transporting students with disabilities, First Student drivers and attendants are in a class of their own. These individuals are specifically chosen for their compassion and their dedication to caring for all students, no matter their abilities. Once they’re carefully selected, they undergo a comprehensive training program that encompasses many facets of transporting students with disabilities.

First Student drivers transport 12,000 students with disabilities each day.  Thanks to continual professional development such as workshops, on-the-job training, and hands-on exercises, First Student drivers and attendants are equipped with knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. They’re able to manage behavioral challenges, provide for individual needs relating to verbal and nonverbal communication styles, secure wheelchairs and other needed equipment properly, and communicate effectively with parents. Due to First Student’s compassionate approach, these professionals build bonds with students that can last far beyond the school year.

First Student drivers and attendants spend extra time in training and on the job to give children with disabilities the attention, time and care they need to ensure their ride is safe, comfortable, and stress-free.

They show patience, courtesy, and understanding to student riders and their parents. And they constantly work at enhancing their skills and care.

That’s dedication !

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