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

BASKET AND BAG BINGO 2020 - re-scheduled for August 21, 2020

THE BASKET & and BAG BINGO that was scheduled for MARCH 13, 2020 EVENT HAS BEEN re-scheduled for August 21, 2020 DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK! All previously purchased tickets for the March 13, 2020 date will be honored for the rescheduled date.

Open House for potential new members Gathering Call

Not a member yet? Attend the Open House Gathering to learn why we need you and why you need us as well.


June 10, 2020 08:00:00 PM - June 10, 2020 09:00:00 PM

September 13, 2020 04:00:00 PM - September 13, 2020 05:00:00 PM

December 09, 2020 08:00:00 PM - December 09, 2020 09:00:00 PM

Choose a date that works best for you. Learn more about the federation and why membership is crucial. Join the only organization that believes in the full capacity of blind people.

April 2020 Minute Message

In this issue:
NFBMD Response to COVID-19
NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
NFB and NFBMD Events Impacted by COVID-19
NFB National Convention Is Coming!
NFB BELL Academy In-Home Edition!
Do You Feel Lucky?- The NFBMD spring raffle  
Update on Voting Access
Important Upcoming Dates


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.

2019 conbention 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.



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


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

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

events Around The State



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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 426-4100