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Dr. Ray Turner

President and Founder

White Buffalo Press

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Special-Needs Transportation Coordinator


Special Education Transportation Coordinator


Special Needs Transportation Coordinator



School Bus Fleet

School Bus Accident Reconstruction

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Special Needs Transportation, School Bus Accident Reconstruction.

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Dr. Ray Turner

President and Founder, White Buffalo Press, 1996
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Dr. Ray Turner, owner of White Buffalo Press (www.whitebuffalopress.com), is also special-needs transportation coordinator at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.

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Ray Turner shared insights on special-needs bus safety

Dr. Ray Turner authored training manuals and numerous articles on special-needs transportation.
Dr. Ray Turner authored training manuals and numerous articles on special-needs transportation.
SAN ANTONIO - Dr. Ray Turner, a school bus industry veteran known for his work in special-needs transportation, died in May.
Turner's experience in pupil transportation spanned more than 40 years. One of his more prominent roles was special-education transportation coordinator at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio.
It was in the special-needs realm that Turner made his mark, authoring comprehensive training manuals and numerous articles on such topics as transporting students with spina bifida, communicating with the hearing impaired, avoiding falling hazards and responding to insect sting allergies.
In fact, Turner attributed his start in the pupil transportation field to a divine calling. In 1961, he observed the aftermath of a school bus-train tragedy in La Salle, Colorado, that killed 20 children.
"On that day, I promised God I would never have my children ride a bus and I would never drive or work on a school bus," Turner told School Bus Fleet for a profile in 2003. "A year and a half later, He answered my prayers by making me a bus assistant after the Colorado legislature required all districts to have an assistant on buses that cross railroad tracks."
Turner spent a long career working to enhance the safety of school bus passengers, focusing especially on students with disabilities. More recently, he became a certified accident reconstructionist and served as an expert witness.
Select SBF articles by Dr. Ray Turner
During his tenure as special-education transportation coordinator at Northside Independent School District, Turner worked with a staff of some 330 special-needs school bus drivers and assistants who served a large population of special-needs students, many of whom were medically fragile.
Turner authored Northside's special-needs transportation manual (which won an award at the Transporting Students with Disabilities conference in 2001), and he led an in-depth driver training program that covered such subjects as disabilities, lift operation, wheelchair tie-downs, behavior management and medical emergencies.
"My heart is in training, training, training," Turner said in 2002.

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Articles by Dr. Ray Turner and Jim Rosenfeld is presented via link to their web sites on the Internet.

Dr. Ray Turner
Dr. Ray Turner on Special Needs Transportation
Dr. Ray Turner is the Special Education Transportation Coordinator for the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas.A special needs educator for more than 30 years, Dr. Turner is also a prolific writer and nationally recognized speaker.Listed here are links to several of his publications, which can be obtained from White Buffalo Press.
Transporting the Medically Fragile or Technology Assisted Students Special Needs Transportation Handbook Parental Guidelines for Special Needs Transportation Special Needs Bus Trainer's Guide: Newsletter Index

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"We have 50 medically fragile kids while most districts across Texas have only one or two," explains Dr. Ray Turner, special needs transportation coordinator for Northside. The 50 medically fragile students alone require eight small buses with lifts.

Beyond basic training Turner attributes his department's ability to run a safe, successful operation, despite the challenges presented by population growth and increased special services, to driver training. "My heart is in training, training, training. The content, frequency and appropriateness of our training means we expect excellence - and we get it," says Turner. Northside's training program, created 15 years ago, includes the typical driver training components, such as CDL licensing and district policies and procedures, with innovative and in-depth training in behavior management, medical emergencies and more. "Student management is the core component for every new employee we train," says Turner. Required of drivers every two years, Northside's student management training incorporates the nonviolent crisis intervention training program offered through the Crisis Prevention Institute, for which Turner is an instructor. All district drivers are certified in first aid and CPR, but special-needs drivers must undergo further training in disabilities, lift operation, wheelchair tie-downs and much more. A year ago, Northside's special-needs transportation manual, authored by Turner, won the Best Training Handbook (Local) Award at the National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers.
Turner has also equipped each lift bus with a large, wool army blanket strong enough to drag a 200- to 300-pound person from the bus in an emergency situation.
Turner says that air conditioning is a must for new buses equipped with wheelchair lifts because the power system is under incredible stress when running a lift, and a bus is susceptible to overheating when its doors are opened and closed frequently.
A key step in assessing the "health" of a vehicle, says Turner, is considering the lifetime of its wheelchair lift. When will it fail? Will you have to pull a bus out in the middle of a route to replace a down lift? "Children these days have heavier wheelchairs - we have one little lady who weighs 80 pounds, and her equipment weighs 450 pounds. That's hard on a lift," says Turner, noting that it reduces the survivability of the lift and necessitates more repairs. Changes in wheelchair sizes and styles are a growing concern to student transportation personnel everywhere, he adds. Another difficulty Turner is encountering is the growing popularity of sports wheelchairs among high school students. Sports wheelchairs do not fit easily onto regular lifts because the wheels are beveled out, and stability is compromised when going up and down the lift. Turner says some of these wheelchairs also lack back support or fail to provide an effective lap belt.

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