If you would like an overview of the mission and work of Mode Shift Omaha, take 30 minutes to listen as Board Member Crystal Edwards speaks to Jane Nielsen of the Radio Talking Book Service. Radio Talking Book Service (RTBS) serves Nebraska and southwest Iowa with a mission to provide human-voiced information choices to individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or have physical disabilities which prevent them from reading. Crystal’s relationship with RTBS began after Mode Shift volunteers worked at a spring health fair and spoke to visually impaired adults about their transportation options in Omaha.
In this wide-ranging community conversation Crystal talks about the work that all the Mode Shift Omaha Teams are doing – and then highlights the work of the walkability team, which she chairs. They talk about transportation challenges faced by blind and visually impaired people in Omaha; from a RTBS staff member having to navigate down an icy hill to get to their MOBY ride – to a story of a blind woman and her young child trying to navigate around construction at 72nd and Dodge. These experiences make it clear that we need good policies and ordinances related to sidewalk users at construction sites – and that we all need to be mindful of the importance of keeping our sidewalks clear in the winter weather.
Please enjoy this thoughtful and interesting podcast. Just for fun, be the first to share what mode of transportation Crystal was using when she recently encountered a pothole.