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

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland Internship Program

Interested in that all-important first job? The NFB of Maryland Internship Program can help current and recent students obtain experience to put on their resumes.

events Around The State


  • February 15, 2020 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm "Sharing the Love" - Maryland Parents of Blind Children Family Party at 200 E. Wells St. Baltimore, MD 21230
  • March 13 Central Maryland basket Bingo at 7pm
  • May 4, 2020 11 am-10pm Central Maryland spring fundraiser at Tino’s Italian Bistro (8775 Center Park Drive, Columbia, MD 21045)
  • May 9, 2020, from 1:00 to 6:00  p.m. the Federal Hill Homecoming fundraiser and seventy-sixth anniversary celebration hosted by Muir’s Tavern in support of the National Federation of the Blind. at Muir’s Tavern, located at 36 E. Fort Avenue in Baltimore
  • September 27 – October 4, 2020 – Blind Cruising 2020, Carnival Pride, Departing from Port of Baltimore


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

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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