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.

HOW TO MAKE COLLEGE EASIER: CHOOSING THE BEST ACCESSIBLE MATERIALS

A hands-on workshop for graduate students, college students, or high school juniors and seniors who plan to attend college.

 

Date:  January 20th, 2020

Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch provided)

Place:  Meet at the Jernigan Institute, 200 E. Wells St. Baltimore, MD

This workshop will help students answer such questions as:

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of PDF files, Word files and audio files?
  2. What is ePub3 and how can I use it?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Kindle Books?
  4. How do I use VitalSource?
  5. …and more

 

Blind Cruising 2020

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be hosting a cruise fundraiser from September 27, 2020 to October 4, 2020.   The affiliate will receive a portion of the cost of each cabin that is booked.  All are welcome, including members of the NFBMD, other affiliates, families, colleagues, and friends.  For additional information or to reserve your cabin, please email NFBMD.outreach@gmail.com.  Details are as follows:

Ship: Carnival Pride

Date: September 27 – October 4, 2020

BASKET AND BAG BINGO 2020

B & B Bingo Returns!

Featuring BASKETS AND BAGS from: Longaberger, Kate Spade, Coach, Dooney & Bourke and more!

benefitting The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

Over $4,000 in prizes!!!   All baskets and bags filled!!!

Back by Popular Demand…Our Fabulous Pick-Your-Prize Raffle!

Friday, March 13, 2020
7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

The Lodge
2832 Nine Mile Circle
Catonsville, MD 21228

JOHN T. McCRAW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is pleased to announce that the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for 2020-2021 will include two scholarships in the amounts of $2,000 and $1,500.  These scholarships will be awarded to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement and community involvement.

 

The John T. McCraw Scholarship Program has been established to promote post-secondary educational opportunities for Maryland's blind students.  The recipients may use these scholarships to defray the cost of educational expenses incurred at any post-secondary institution during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

 

JOIN OUR 2020 BID FOR OPPORTUNITIES SCHOLARSHIP Dinner

 

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 THE NFB OF MARYLAND'S YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS.

DINE OUT AND JOIN OUR BID FOR OPPORTUNITIES

 

Enjoy delicious food, entertainment, and an auction for all tastes and budgets.

 

Reservations must be made by March 28th.  Each table seats 8. 

December 2019/January 2020 Minute Message

In this issue:
Annapolis Begins!
Washington Seminar Is Coming!
Basket and Bag Bingo is Coming!
National Convention Date Change
Blind Cruising 2020 – Deadline for Initial Deposit Extended
NFB and NFBMD Scholarship Programs
LBPH and BookShare Partner to Give Us More Books!
Spring Raffle - Do You Feel Lucky?
Update on Voting Lawsuit
NFB RideShare Testing Program
Important Upcoming Dates

 

Technology User Group at LBPH has some exciting news!

Please take the time to read this entire post as the Technology User Group at LBPH has some exciting news!

First of all, we will be having 12 presentations at LBPH with the first one being held on January 11.  This particular presentation will focus on 3-D audio, how is it created, other types of audio, products available for 3-D sound and finally a look at the Echo Studio which offers a 3-D experience.  We will begin at 10 AM and the session will last about 90 minutes.

Secondly, the presentation will be broadcast via the telephone.

Anyone is welcome to call:

(425) 436-6200

And enter access code:

268477.

We are looking forward to an exciting 2020 and we look forward to meeting with you on Saturday, January 11.

 

 

NEW Important Senior Call Check Program

Please spread the word about this important new program and sign up if you meet the criteria.

 

Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state.

 

The Maryland Office on Aging has a free program for seniors 65 or older. You can sign up to receive a phone call each day to check on you.

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

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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
president@nfbmd.org