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 NFB of Maryland State Convention

The NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Celebrating Our Stories, Defining Our Future!


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


  • Date: November 8 to 10, 2019

  • Place: Crown Plaza Baltimore Downtown Inner Harbor,
    105 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Meet our keynote speaker, Carla McQuillan, a member of the National Board of Directors, and president of the NFB of Oregon.

  • Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students.Check out our technology workshops and more.

  • Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday.

  • Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind.



Deadline dates for early bird registration and hotel group rates was October 12th.  On-site registration at the Convention is available.

Check this article out for all you want to know about the 2019 NFB of Maryland state convention.


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

September 2019 Minute Message

In this issue...

  1. The State Convention is Almost Here – Deadline to Make Room Reservations & Preregister is October 12, 2019!
  2. Financial Assistance Application for State Convention – Final Call!
  3. Seeking Convention Sponsors and Exhibitors

Seeking Nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children

  1. Central Maryland Chapter Fundraiser – September 30, 2019
  2. Meet the Blind Month Activities
  3. NFB Files for a Preliminary Injunction to Compel the Maryland Board of Elections to Use the BMDs as the Default Method for All Voters in the 2020 General Election So the Blind Can Have the Secret Ballot Restored!
  4. NFB RideShare Testing Program
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  6. Important Upcoming Dates

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.

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

Highlights From Our Fifty-Second Annual Convention

Please enjoy these highlights from the 2018 annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland which was held November 9-11 in Ocean City.

Live the Life You Want With the KNFB Reader

With the KNFB Reader, you can read such printed items as credit card receipts, packaging labels, mail, product information, computer screens, and of course books and documents. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud or publishes it in Braille if you have a refreshable Braille display.

Learn more and purchase KNFB Reader for iPhone, Android, and Windows 10 devices at www.knfbreader.com.

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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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