Mandatory Autism/Special needs training for bus matrons and bus drivers
Busing for children with Autism and special needs in NYC is in a serious crisis. Some matrons do not know the proper way to communicate or supervise children on the spectrum. There are countless instances reported to the Office of Pupil Transportation of inappropriate circumstances between parent/child and matron/driver. This is all because there is no proper training in place that gives them the tools they need to perform their jobs effectively and appropriately. No two children on the spectrum are the same. These people are the first to have contact with our kids when they leave our sides in the morning. A few hours of training could make the difference to the start of a great day and a smooth and efficient ride to and from school. Please follow me in requesting a mandatory autism/special needs training class for bus matrons and bus drivers.