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.

Registration for the NFB of Colorado Second annual 6 Dot Dash is now open

Come Run With Us!

Registration for the NFB of Colorado second annual 6 Dot Dash is now open! REGISTER NOW for our in person OR virtual race!

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Please consider doing this, as both the NFB of Colorado and the NFB of Maryland will benefit.  If there is interest in getting a group of participants to physically race together on Race Day, the affiliate will coordinate this.


April 2019 Minute Message

In this issue:

Be Present: Song and Fellowship to Support Maryland Bell

The BELLS Will Toll in Maryland in 2019

A Big Thank You

We’re Not in the Dark

Last Chance for Raffle Tickets

Where’s Your Coin?

Are You Ready for National Convention?

NFB RideShare Testing Program

Important Dates for 2019




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


Financial Assistance Application Form For National Convention - Now Available!

Those requesting financial assistance to attend the NFB National Convention in Las Vegas may complete and submit the NFBMD Financial Assistance Application Form by May 15, 2019.

Legislative Alert: February 2019

Fellow Federationists:

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 
15 Charles Plaza
Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 426-4100