Alternative Student Transportation plays a crucial role in ensuring that students with special needs receive equitable access to education and related services, promoting their overall well-being and success in the educational system.

Students with special needs are individuals who benefit from additional support to participate in the educational process due to physical, cognitive, emotional, or learning differences such as:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Down syndrome 
  • Blindness 
  • Deafness or hearing loss 
  • Limb variances 

Alternative Student Transportation for Students With Special Needs

With EverDriven, school district's special needs students benefit from:

  • Customized care
  • Adaptive vehicles, monitors, and safety equipment
  • Reliable transportation with a familiar driver

Alternative Student Transportation is designed to meet your students' dynamic needs. EverDriven ensures that each student is matched with the right vehicle while considering critical factors, including wheelchair accessibility, safety equipment needs, and emotional or sensory needs.

EverDriven uses small-capacity vehicles to drive students to school. These vehicles can be enhanced with specialized equipment – such as boosters or safety vests – to make trips more comfortable for students with disabilities. Compared to a bus, it's easier to equip a small-capacity vehicle with wheelchair ramps or adaptive car seats to ensure safe trips for the most vulnerable children and youth. Not only can these vehicles be equipped with sensory features to create a calming environment, but they can also accommodate monitors, additional aides, or support professionals.

Consistency is crucial when working with students with special needs. That’s why EverDriven provides the same EverSafe Driver and car every day – offering students a sense of comfort and familiarity.

School Transportation Funding for Students With Special Needs

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that eligible special needs students have access to specialized education and related services, including transportation services that allow these students to receive a quality education.

A student's Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team plays a crucial role in assessing the necessity of transportation between school and other destinations to ensure the student receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE). If transportation is deemed a necessary related service in the student's IEP, any expenses borne by the Local Education Agency (LEA) for transporting these students are considered excess costs of providing special education. Consequently, they are eligible for reimbursement through IDEA grants or state categorical aid.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) oversees three formula grant programs under the IDEA. Every year, these grants are given to states to support early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, preschool education for children aged three to five, and special needs education.

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