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.

2019 Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser Baltimore

To benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Tall Cedars - 2501 Putty Hill Ave - Parkville, MD 21234

Tickets are $60 each if purchased before August 2, or $65 afterwords. Children 6 and under are free. 

Special Promotion: Buy or Sell 25 or more tickets and get your ticket FREE!

Dancing, 50 / 50 Raffle, Door Prizes, and more.

Menu Includes:
Steamed Crabs, Pit Beef, turkey breast, & Ham – All You Can Eat!
Plus a Buffet of Entrees Including Old Bay wings and Sausage, Sides, Salad, Cake…
Yuengling and Miller beer
Carbonated Beverages, iced tea, and Coffee

2019 Maryland Parents of Blind Children Family Picnic

Come one come all  !!!
Maryland Parents of Blind Children
Cordially invites:
* All parents, grandparents, and siblings of blind children
* Educators of Blind children
* Others interested in promoting a climate of opportunity for blind children to a
Maryland Parents of Blind Children Family Picnic
(Menu: Chicken & everyone favorite Covered dish they want to bring), & paper products provided by MDPOBC Beep Baseball, Games, Bike rides and much more
Back to School Supplies
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
2:00 - 7:00p.m.
Hammond Park Pavilion (Howard County)
10700 Glen Hannah Dr. Laurel, MD 20723
Please respond to Teresa at 443-557-8696 or e-mail: Melissa@riccobono.us RSVP to know that you are coming (So we know how much food to have on  hand!)


July 2019 Minute Message

Items in this issue:

Get ready for Houston in 2020!

The Bells Are Tolling in Maryland!

Crabbing for Student Scholarships

Attend the NFBMD Board of Directors Meeting

Changes to the NFB and NFB of Maryland Code of Conduct

NFB RideShare Testing Program

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Important Dates for 2019

NFB Maryland Bell - Please Sign Up

Maryland will once again host three Braille Enrichment in Literacy and Learning (BELL) Programs during the Summer of 2019.  The BELL summer program is a two-week day program (weekends not included) designed to offer pre-kindergarten and elementary age low vision beginning Braille readers an opportunity to be immersed in Braille and increase the use of tactile skills for reading Braille. Children will receive Braille instruction daily as well as learn alternative techniques through arts and crafts, games, field trips, and other fun activities.  Find out more about and register for the BELL program here.  Specific information about Maryland BELL can be found at https://nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-bell-academy/maryland.  For questions, please contact Maryland BELL Coordinator Melissa Riccobono at MelissaARiccobono@gmail.com.


Voting Experiences - Action needed!

We need to hear your story and are asking you to contact me (443-426-4110) right away if you: - Believe you were the only person or one of just a few people who voted using the electronic Ballot Marking Device (BMD), which is the accessible voting machine, in either of the 2018 elections (primary or general); - Experienced challenges using the BMD in either of the 2018 elections; for example, if you arrived and found the machines not set up or unplugged, if the staff did not know how to operate the machines, if you were discouraged from using the machines, or if there were other challenges of this sort;

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland Internship Program

Interested in that all-important first job? The NFB of Maryland Internship Program can help current and recent students obtain experience to put on their resumes.



In this issue:


  • The Future Is Ours
  • The Road Less Traveled in the National Federation of the Blind
  • A Lasting Legacy: Remembering Rachel Olivero
  • Can I Have an ABLE Account if I am Forty-Fifty-Sixty Years Old?
  • Living The Lives They Want: How Do Blind and Sighted Spouses Make It Work?
  • Chapter Spotlight: The Sligo Creek Chapter, Then and Now
  • Senior Spotlight: Bryan Holley
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: The Federation Edition
  • Blind Marylanders sue Walmart, saying self-serve checkouts violate ADA
  • Student Spotlight: Jason Polansky - Living the Life He Wants
  • The Legacy of Change
  • Celebrating Louis Braille’s Birthday, Maryland Style
  • Spectator Specs


2019 Legislative Agenda

On January 24, 2019, members  of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be in Anapolis to discuss issues of importance with our Maryland legislators. The following fact sheets provide an overview of our legislative priorities for the coming year.

2018 presidential Report

Please enjoy the 2018 Presidential Report, Taking the Road Less Travelled in the National Federation of the Blind, delivered by Sharon Maneki on November 10, 2018


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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
15 Charles Plaza
Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 426-4100