Welcome to the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is the Maryland state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. We are changing what it means to be blind in Maryland! Find a local chapter or division. The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Annapolis Week 2021

This message contains a lot of information, so please read through to the end. 

1.            WE are looking for volunteers to attend meetings with the Maryland General Assembly during our NFBMD Week In Annapolis. 

2.            We are also looking for volunteers to serve as Zoom hosts for those meetings. 

3.            We are sharing information about issue training meetings so participants can prepare to talk about our legislative priorities for the 2021 General Assembly. 

4.            We are sharing the Fact Sheets for our three legislative priorities for 2021. 

5.            We are explaining when each geographic area will have the bulk of its meetings.

NFB of Maryland Corona Virus updates and resources

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is closely monitoring the COVID-19 emergency, which is impacting all Marylanders but may have unique effects on the blind.

The health and safety of all of our members, colleagues, and friends is always our top priority. This page provides resources that may be particularly useful to blind people in Maryland facing challenges during the outbreak. If you have found other resources that you believe are useful, please email the information to president@nfbmd.org


The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is pleased to announce that the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for 2021-2022 will include up to four individual scholarships with a combined maximum total of $10,000.  Though the Scholarship Committee will determine the amounts awarded to each finalist, the minimum amount to be awarded is $2,000 and the maximum is $3,500.  These scholarships will be awarded to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership.


November 2020 Minute Message

In this issue...
Blind Cruising 2021
Adult and children Participants Needed for National Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
NFB and NFBMD Scholarship Programs
do You Feel Lucky? The NFBMD spring raffle is underway
NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Seeking Voting Experiences
Washington Seminar and NFBMD Day in Annapolis Go Virtual
use Amazon smile
Important Upcoming Dates


Braille Spectator, Fall 2020

In this issue... • The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2020 Annual Convention: Rise Up! • COVID-19 Can’t Keep Our BELLs from Ringing • State Board of Election Promotes Misinformation About Online Ballot Tool • Our History, Our Story • List of Presidents of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland • Chapter Spotlight: The Greater Cumberland and Eastern Shore Chapters • Fighting for Equal Access to Education for Blind Students • The Convention Will Go On • Remembering Charlie Cook • Reflections on MTA Budget Cut Process • Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Judy Rasmussen • Spectator Specs

NFBMD Chapter and Division Dues

We are accepting dues for 2020 and/or 2021. Individuals interested in paying chapter and division dues may do so in one of two ways: 1. Pay dues online; or 2. send a physical check to the chapter or division treasurer.

NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland has established an affiliate COVID-19 fund to assist individuals and families that are experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis. This fund is available to blind individuals and families with a blind household member living in Maryland. The financial assistance must be needed due to a change in circumstance, e.g. loss of employment income, because of COVID-19 or associated government directives like the Stay-at-Home order. Assistance is limited to essentials such as groceries and medication. This Fund is being administered by the NFBMD Financial Assistance Committee.



Blind Cruising 2021

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be hosting a cruise fundraiser from September 19, 2021 to September 26, 2021.   The affiliate will receive a portion of the cost of each cabin that is booked.  All are welcome, including members of the NFBMD, other affiliates, families, colleagues, and friends.  For additional information or to reserve your cabin, please contact our travel agent, Cindy Kiper at kkiper@cruisesinc.com or 813-418-0647.

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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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