Specialized Transportation for the Blind & Visually Impaired

 

Learn more about the two special Taxi Cab Coupon programs available through our Omaha and Lincoln chapters. These two special programs are completely funded by ACBN and through the generosity of the Ethel S. Abbott Charitable Foundation. Quickly find out how you can qualify for the Cab Coupon programs by simply sending E-Mail to ACBN. In keeping with our state Motto: "People First Causes Second", these cab coupon programs are available to "any legally Blind individual" regardless of their group affiliation.

 

The two taxicab programs are available through the Omaha Share A Fare

and Lincoln (Give A Lift) chapters. These special programs are funded jointly by ACBN at the local level and through the generosity of the Abbott Foundation; along with other community service organizations that have contributed their financial support to this project. I.e., The Lions, Optimists and Sertoma Clubs.

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Senator Carl T. Curtis, who died in January 2000 for his valuable assistance in establishing and his help in finding/securing funding for this program. To show our appreciation/gratitude, a service award "The Carl T. Curtis Service Award", has been established by the American Council of the Blind at the state level and will be awarded in Senator Curtis' honor; to those individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding service to the blind.

 

It should be noted that all overhead costs associated with these two special programs are assumed by the local chapters; and every dime of the contributed funds are turned into coupons for blind consumers and are not used to cover any of the administrative costs associated with operating and managing this program, or otherwise used to financially support ACBN in any way. These programs are also unique in that the blind participants assume one half of the cost of the coupons; while other members contribute their valuable time to further reduce the administrative/overhead costs related to operating and maintaining the project.

 

This special program was originally established in Lincoln and then expanded to the Omaha area in order to address the transportation needs of the blind in those communities.

 

The program addresses the lack of available and affordable public transportation, especially in the evenings, which adversely impacts both social and employment opportunities for the visually impaired. Our very special thanks to Robert and Garnet Nalley for the hours of service they have contributed to running this project in the Lincoln area and to the other individuals for their efforts in supporting this program in Lincoln.

 

If after reading our taxi passenger rights and responsibilities document you experience any service issues with public transportation, please let the Public Service Commission know by filling out the Nebraska Public Service Formal Complaint Form.

 

Click here to learn about public transportation options also available.

 

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