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.


Sponsored By The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland - Senior Division

Presented at the NFB of MD State Convention 2020

When: Friday, November 6, 2020

Where: Everywhere - Virtual Zoom Seminar

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern time

Cost: FREE to anyone interested in learning strategies for Living with Vision Loss


• Transition from vision to other techniques and skills

• Use of the iPhone with user-friendly apps

• Magnification aids

• When to make adaptations to accommodate visual needs

• New tools and aids to assist in retaining your lifestyle

• Low, mid, and high-tech solutions

• Newsline, a free service to read newspapers through a variety of formats


Rise Up: The 2020 NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Rise Up!


Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship.  Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future!


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.



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

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.

NFB of Maryland national Harbor chapter meet the blind event with CARING COMMUNITIES.ORG


Promotional Partner National Harbor Chapter Federation of the Blind of Maryland

Come out and support the National Harbor Chapter Federation of the Blind of Maryland Table!




The Mall At Prince George’s

 3500 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD 20782

TIME: 11:00A-4:00P

Visit Link for Free Tickets

EVENT LINK: https://expo.caringcommunities.org/

Contact Amber Woods for information

woodsamber83@gmail.com 301-978-6686.


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

September 2020 Minute Message

In this issue…

Rise Up: The State Convention is Coming!

Pay Your 2020 Dues to be Eligible to Vote at the NFBMD State Convention – Deadline

Enroll to Vote at the NFBMD State Convention – Deadline October 16, 2020!

Seeking Resolutions for the State Convention

Seeking Convention Sponsors and Exhibitors

Seeking Door Prize Donations

Seeking Auction Donations

Seeking Nominations for the NFBMD Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award!

Seeking Nominations for the Bernard F. Turner Award!

NFBMD Virtual Night at the Theater – October 16, 2020!

Jamming with the At-Large Chapter – A Concert to Commemorate Meet the Blind Month

NFBMD Crab Feast and Basket and Bag Bingo – Canceled!

Zoom Password Requirements Effective September 1

NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Reminder to Prepare to Vote

Blind Cruising 2021

Important Upcoming Dates



Fall Donation Drive - Cruise Drawing

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is holding a Fall donation drive to support our work. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to significantly increase our resources with regard to advocacy, education, and outreach related to teleschooling, access to information, access to transportation, telehealth, and other areas impacting the blind.


Between September 19 and 26, 2021, NFBMD will be hosting Blind Cruising 2021, which is a 7-night cruise on the Carnival Pride to the Eastern Caribbean. Individuals may book passage directly with our travel agent, with a portion of cabin costs going to NFBMD. Those interested may find information at http://www.nfbmd.org/blindcruising.



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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
15 Charles Plaza
Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 426-4110