National Center

The National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs

The National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs serves as a resource for families, health care professionals, transportation providers, and child passenger safety advocates. Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Center is based at the Automotive Safety Program, which has long been considered a leader in the field of transporting children with special health care needs. Located at the Indiana University School of Medicine, adjacent to Riley Hospital for Children, the National Center was established in 2004 to address the unique challenges associated with transporting children with disabilities.

The National Center provides the following resources:

  • An occupational therapist trained to identify the appropriate adaptive child restraint required for a broad range of health conditions.
  • A toll-free hot line staffed by child passenger safety technicians who are experienced in resolving issues associated with the transportation of children with special health care needs.
  • Web-based resources for questions about medical conditions and appropriate restraint systems.
  • A special needs list serve for professionals.
  • A database of child passenger safety technicians trained in the transportation of children with special health care needs.
  • A two-day training, “Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Health Care Needs,” for child passenger safety technicians interested in serving children with disabilities.
  • Presentations and workshops.
  • Educational materials.

The National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST. If you are interested in contacting the National Center, please call 1-800-755-0912 or e-mail jtalty@iu.edu.