DRWV Success Story: The Aide on the Bus
We are going to start posting DRWV education success stories. From time to time we will post about how we helped a client receive services to help others understand how DRWV might be able to assist them.
Recently, a mother asked DRWV for assistance with getting her child an aide on the school bus. Her child had an aide on the bus the previous school year, but this year, the mother was told that her child would have to ride a separate bus to school, or she could be reimbursed to provide transportation. Riding on the separate bus would require the child to be on the bus for an hour and a half before getting to school. Additionally, her child would be unable to ride the bus with their siblings and neighborhood peers.
When the mother declined these two options and stated that she wanted her child to ride the bus with their siblings and neighbors, the client was suspended from the bus without written notice. DRWV provided the mother with technical assistance regarding the bus suspension and requesting written notice from the school. The mother continued to send her child to school on the bus until she was provided with a written suspension notice. Once the client’s bus suspension expired, the mother continued to send her child to school on the bus. The mother then received a phone call from the school stating that the child was no longer permitted to ride the bus. Again she was told that the client had to ride the segregated bus or she could be reimbursed for transporting the child to school. The mother stated that she was going to continue sending the child to school on the bus until she was given this notice in writing.
The following day, the mother learned that an aide had been hired to be with the child on the bus. Due to technical assistance provided by DRWV, the mother successfully advocated for the school to provide the child with an aide on the bus. DRWV also educated the mother on getting these services outlined more clearly in the child’s IEP and behavior intervention plan.
If you or someone you know could use assistance with advocating for your child’s right to an education, please contact DRWV for additional information.
The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council (WVDDC) and DRWV have developed: A Parent’s Advocacy Guide to Special Education for family members, students, educators, and advocates for students with disabilities. The Guide is available free of charge and can be obtained by calling DRWV at 800-950-5250 and requesting a copy. The Guide can be found online at https://www.drofwv.org/resources/publications/guides/parents-advocacy-guide/.