One of the small perks of having a "special" child is that we get special bus service. It feels like such a luxury, that I try not to take advantage of it too much. This year we are just using the bus service three mornings a week. But I sure do like those mornings. ;-) The rest of the time I drive and pick up.
Special bus means door to door service. I don't have to walk them down the street in the 33 degree rain to wait at the bus stop. I can wait in the comfort of my nicely heated house. They usually get out a few minutes before the bus is due and watch the cars go by. They like to try to trick each other by yelling "buuuusss", when the bus isn't actually coming up the road yet. In addition to picking up right at our driveway, I also get the peace of mind of knowing that they made it safely from the bus into the school. A teacher meets their bus, and they are not allowed to get off the bus if a teacher isn't there to greet them. It's a small thing, but with an autistic child you just never know. He could see something interesting on the street and never quite make it into school.
My boy qualifies for the bus because of his autism diagnosis. The fact that the other three get to ride too is a bonus. The rule is that if there is room on the bus, then siblings can ride. Other kids who qualify for special bus would have priority over them. But, lucky for us, there are no other kids. He is the only one on the bus route, so there's plenty of room for his sisters to ride to school with him.