Roadeo Brings Hands-On Special Needs Transportation Training to Texas

by | Sep 20, 2023

Roadeo teams compete to test their knowledge of transporting students with special needs at the 2022 TSD Conference (Photo by Vincent Rios Creative)

Teams of school bus drivers and attendants are invited to register for the roadeo training and competition held during the Transporting Students with Special Needs and Disabilities (TSD) Conference, presented by School Transportation News and Women in Transportation (wit..). 

The roadeo begins on Nov. 17 and will feature a hands-on securement training session provided by Q’STRAINT/SURE-LOK. On Nov. 18, the driver-attendant teams will compete at Frisco Independent School District. The Roadeo Competition Banquet & Awards will be held on the morning of Nov. 19 prior to the TSD general session and Trade Show.

The teams will be judged based on their skills when acting out real-life scenarios including passenger pickup, railroad crossing, parking in a confined space, and handling an unauthorized parent boarding the school bus. The student passengers are played by adult volunteers portraying various special needs or disabilities such as visual or hearing impairment or intellectual disability.

Read more about the 2022 Roadeo Competition Winners.

There is no pre-requisite to participate, but driver and attendant teams must complete the Roadeo Competition Knowledge Test and review Student Profiles before arriving at the event. For a full schedule and list of other conference sessions that roadeo-only registrants may attend, visit

In addition to the roadeo, this year’s TSD Conference will feature over two dozen educational sessions and workshops, hands-on wheelchair and child securement training, product demonstrations, a trade show and other networking opportunities with peers and vendors.

Save $50 on main conference registration with the Early Bird Discount, available through Oct. 13.