Transporting Students with Special Needs on the School Bus: Keep your “Escape Artist” in place until they reach their final destination.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014

The term ‘special needs’ defines particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties. Special needs transportation is required for many students with disabilities ranging from autism to orthopedic impairments to visual impairments.  Transporting students with special needs on the school bus often requires specialty equipment in addition to the lap belts equipped on most buses.

Special Needs Transportation Can be a Challenge

All children deserve to be transported safely, in a restraint system appropriate for their size and development. However, children with special needs often require special individualized consideration when selecting a harness that’s right for them.

In particular, some children are capable of getting out of whatever you put them in; these children, or ‘Houdinis’ are amazing escape artists who can distract the bus driver, disrupt the other passengers, and put themselves and others at risk by being  unrestrained while the vehicle is moving.

Fortunately, E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA has created a viable solution to this common problem associated with special needs transportation on the school bus: The MAX Vest.

Special Needs Harness for School Bus: The “Houdini-proof” MAX Vest

The “Houdini-proof” MAX Vest was designed by E-Z-ON for the transportation of children with special needs on the school bus. On the market since 2013, the MAX Vest is tailored specifically for children notorious for escaping restraint systems. Tested with extreme conditions, the MAX Vest far exceeds any expectations for performance, making it an extremely safe, comfortable option for your child.

E-Z-ON’s MAX Vest features:

  • Easy-locking Seat Buckle
  • Adjustable Zipper Fitting (waist measurement required)
  • All attachments and adjusting parts, including the crotch strap and securement strap, are located out of the child’s reach
  • Emergency Belt Cutter (included) can cut 3 straps in the event of evacuation

During her 30 years in the transportation industry, Constance Murray, President of E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA, has often heard the same question: “Do you have a product for my ‘Houdini’?”

“Using the basic design of our E-Z-ON Vest, I made changes so there would be no portion of the vest or securement strap the child could undo or remove,” Murray said in the February 2012 edition of STN Magazine. “The keys to keeping the child safe are proper fit, correct installation, and no moving parts within the child’s reach.”

Constance Murray, President of E-Z-ON, Describes and Demonstrates an Early Version of the MAX Vest at the 2011 STN Expo

Like all E-Z-ON products, the MAX Vest is made in the USA, with the highest quality materials and workmanship.

[Click here to download the new Max Vest Instruction sheet]

To order the MAX Vest, or another E-Z-ON product, Contact one of our Distributors.

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