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.

NFBMD Policy on In Person Gatherings

This policy is applicable to all chapters, divisions, and the affiliate, as well as any activities, meetings, fundraisers, or in-person gatherings of an official nature.

NFBMD Chapter and Division Dues

We are accepting dues for 2021 and/or 2022. 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.

Braille Spectator, Fall 2021

In this issue:

•    The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2021 Annual Convention: Focus Forward!
•    The BELLs Ring in Home Again
•    Chapter Spotlight: The Baltimore County Chapter
•    This Deaf-Blind Paralympian was Told to Navigate Tokyo Alone; So She Quit Team USA
•    Why Should We Do DEI
•    Maryland Elections Board, Blind Advocates Reach Agreement on Efforts to Improve Ballot Privacy for Voters with Disabilities
•    Remembering Lloyd Rasmussen
•    Stronger Together: From Where the Federation Flag Flies Highest to All Corners of Our Movement
•    Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Anil Lewis
•    A Disabled President’s Memorial Still Isn’t Fully Accessible to Disabled Visitors, A New Report Finds
•    Spectator Specs


September 2021 Minute Message

In This issue...
Focus Forward: The State Convention is Almost Here – Deadline to Make Room Reservations & Preregister is October 15, 2021!
Financial Assistance Application for State Convention – Final Call!
Seeking Resolutions for the State Convention
Seeking Convention Sponsors and Exhibitors
Seeking Door Prize Donations
Seeking Donations for the NFBMD Bake and Experience Auction!
Seeking Nominations for the NFBMD Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award!
Seeking Nominations for the Bernard F. Turner Award!
Pay Your 2021 Dues to be Eligible to Vote at the NFBMD State Convention – Deadline October 31, 2021
Update on Voting Lawsuit
NFBMD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
Important Upcoming Dates


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

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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
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