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


NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF MARYLAND
2020 BID FOR OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP DINNER & 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.

 

BASKET AND BAG BINGO 2020 - re-scheduled for September20, 2020

THE BASKET & and BAG BINGO that was scheduled for MARCH 13, 2020 EVENT HAS BEEN re-scheduled for September 20, 2020 DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK! All previously purchased tickets for the March 13, 2020 date will be honored for the rescheduled date.

2020 Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser Baltimore - Rescheduled to October 17, 2020

To benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund

When: Saturday, October 17, 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 October 3, 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

 

Braille Spectator, Spring 2020

THE BRAILLE SPECTATOR, Spring 2020 A semi-annual publication of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland Ronza Othman and Sharon Maneki, co-editors Published on www.nfbmd.org and on NFB Newsline by The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland Ronza Othman, President Comments and questions should be sent toPresident@nfbmd.org.

 

In this issue:

In this issue:
list of 16 items
• Celebrating Our Stories, Defining Our Future

• Using the Three Hands of the Federation Led to Success in the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly

• NFBMD Protects the Rights of the Blind During the COVID-19 Pandemic

• The Rachel Olivero Accessibility Innovation Award

• Dr. Jonathan Lazar Wins the Inaugural Rachel Olivero Accessibility Innovation Award

• Protecting Voting Rights During the Coronavirus Emergency: A Victory for the Blind and Voters with Disabilities

• Chapter Spotlight: Greater Carroll County

• Segregated Voting: When Will It End?

• Senior Spotlight: Wendy Ruth

• A Magical Meet the Blind Month Event

• Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Shawn Jacobson

• Why I Write

• Students Speak Up for Accessible Instructional Material in Higher Education

• Student Spotlight: Briana Broadwater

• There Are Blind People Out There Who Want to Play

• Spectator Specs

 

 

NFB of Maryland Seminar and Audio Archive

 

NFB of Maryland Seminar and Trainings

This page contains audio recordings and other files from our various trainings and events, in alphabetical order.

 

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.

 

2019 presidential report: CELEBRATING OUR STORIES, DEFINING OUR FUTURE

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

ADVOCACY: MANY STORIES COMPRISE OUR STORY

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

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Ronza Othman, President 
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