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.

Focus Forward: The 2021 NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Focus Forward!


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


Financial Assistance Application Form For State Convention - Now Available!

Those requesting financial assistance to attend the 55th Annual NFB of Maryland State Convention in Baltimore may complete and submit the NFBMD Financial Assistance Application Form by September 30, 2021.

Canceled! 2021 Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser Baltimore - October 3, 2021!

This event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will return in August 2022! Check here in May for information.

NFB of Maryland Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser

To benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund

When: Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Tall Cedars - 2501 Putty Hill Ave - Parkville, MD 21234
Tickets are $60 each if purchased before September 17, 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.

July / August 2021 Minute Message

In this issue...

2021 NFB National Convention – Virtual and the Best So Far!

Get ready for New Orleans in 2022!

Attend the NFBMD Board of Directors Meeting

Focus Forward: The State Convention is Coming!

NFB BELL Academy In-Home Edition!

NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Important Upcoming Dates


Braille Spectator Spring 2021

In this issue:

•    Rise Up!
•    Interacting with the Maryland General Assembly During the COVID-19 Pandemic
•    Student Spotlight: Mirranda Williams
•    Jean Faulkner: A Person Who Lived Life to the Fullest
•    Tribute to a Colleague and Friend: Naomi Jean Faulkner, 1942 – 2020
•    Protecting the Rights of Blind and Disabled Voters: An Example of Failed Leadership in the Maryland General Assembly
•    Student Spotlight: Lizzy Muhammad Park
•    Chapter Spotlight: Central Maryland
•    Students Speak: Building and Using Your Blindness Network
•    The Blind Speak Out for Accessible K-12 Education
•    2020 Convention Awards
•    Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Jen White
•    Western Maryland: The Greater Cumberland Chapter Reimagined
•    Spectator Specs


An Evening at the Movies with the At Large Chapter

The At-Large Chapter of the NFBMD presents

“An Evening at the Movies”,


You are cordially invited to explore the power of connections with the At-Large Chapter of the NFBMD. We will present and discuss the movie Feeling Through, a thought-provoking encounter between a deaf-blind man and a sighted individual.


Date: Saturday, October 23rd

Time: 7:00pm

Place: Zoom

Suggested Donation: $12


Every human being needs interaction. The discussion will be led by two deaf-blind individuals, Janice Toothman and Rania Dima. See how the power of connection applies to you.



Bernard F. Turner Award - Seeking Nominations

We are seeking nominations for the Bernard F. Turner Award. This award will be given at the Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. The recipient will receive $200. The deadline to apply is October 11, 2021. Individuals must submit their application to NFBMD, which will forward the application to the Turner family. NFBMD is providing the venue for this award but is not involved in selecting recipients. To apply, download and fill out the attached nomination form and send it to Ellen Ringlein at Convention@nfbmd.org. The eligibility requirements are as follows: 1. This award is open to blind people who lost their sight between the ages of 18-60.

NFBMD Chapter and Division Dues

We are accepting dues for 2021 and/or 2022. Individuals interested in paying chapter and division dues may do so in one of two ways: 1. Pay dues online; or 2. send a physical check to the chapter or division treasurer.

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.




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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