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 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

2020 Bid for Opportunity Scholarship Dinner and Auction


Make a difference by helping blind students from kindergarten through college on the road to living the lives they want
Support the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund and and the NFB of Maryland Youth Training Programs
Dine out and join our Bid for Opportunity
Date:  Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time:  5:00 TO 9:00 PM
Location:  VFW 9619-Morningside
6527 Suitland Road, Morningside MD 20746
Cost:    $40 per person. 
Enjoy delicious food, entertainment, and an auction for all tastes and budgets.
Reservations must be made by September 10.  Each table seats 8. 
Make checks payable to the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Mail checks to:  Debbie Brown, Scholarship Dinner Chairman
11923 Parklawn Drive, #104
Rockville, MD 20852
Or use the PayPal button below to purchase tickets online.

Note: Due to PayPal servicing costs and other administrative handling, tickets purchased online cost $43 per person.

Contact:  Debbie Brown at deborahb14@verizon.net, or call (301) 881-1892

Note: At this time, we fully expect to hold this event in-person.  However this is subject to change based on public health requirements related to COVID-19.  If Prince George's or Montgomery Counties decrease attendance permission to less than 50%, this event may be postponed.  We will contact ticket holders to advise them of any changes.

We ask those who are not able to attend this event but wish to make a donation to do so by mailing a check to NFBMD, 11923 Parklawn Drive, #104, Rockville, MD 20852 or by using the PayPal donation button at Nfbmd.org.


2020 Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser Baltimore

To benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund

When: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 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 July 24, or $65 afterwards. 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

June 2020 Minute Message

In This Issue…

  • NFB National Convention Is Coming – Virtual and Better Than Ever!
  • NFB Rookie Roundup - Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 8:30PM
  • NFBMD Convention Orientation – Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 8:00PM
  • NFBMD Caucus– Friday, July 17, 2020 at 11:00AM
  • Crabbing for Student Scholarships
  • NFBMD Response to COVID-19
  • NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
  • NFB BELL Academy In-Home Edition!
  • Important Upcoming Dates


2019 convention Highlightes


Please enjoy these highlights from the 2019 annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland which was held November 8-10 inBaltimore.



Ronza Othman, President, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland


Sharon Maneki, Director of Legislation and Advocacy and Board Member, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland; Columbia, Maryland

Braille Spectator, Fall 2019

In this issue:


·The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2019 Annual Convention: Celebrating Our Stories, Defining Our Future

·The BELLs Continue Ringing in Maryland

·Why Would We Even Try?

·Maryland’s Barriers to Disabled Students Must Go

·Chapter Spotlight: The Greater Baltimore Chapter

·Annapolis Roundup – A Year of Unfinished Business

·Why is There a Braille Message on My E-scooter?

·National Federation of the Blind Sues State Board of Elections Over Ballot Privacy

·Perspectives on the National Convention

·Spotlight on a Student: Nesma Aly – Living the Life She Wants

·Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Debbie Brown

·Ways of Seeing: A Tactile Art Exhibition

·Spectator Specs

BASKET AND BAG BINGO 2020 - re-scheduled for August 21, 2020

THE BASKET & and BAG BINGO that was scheduled for MARCH 13, 2020 EVENT HAS BEEN re-scheduled for August 21, 2020 DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK! All previously purchased tickets for the March 13, 2020 date will be honored for the rescheduled date.


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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