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.

NFB of Maryland 2024 Career Fair

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFBMD), the state’s oldest and largest advocacy organization of and for blind and low vision Marylanders, will be hosting an in-person career fair on Friday, February 16, 2024 in connection with our NFBMD State Convention.  The Career Fair will take place from 1:00 – 4:00PM at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 21204.

NFBMD Convention Drawing

Want to win either $500 or have your 2025 State Convention hotel and meals covered? Here's your chance!

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is hosting the 2023 - 2024 NFBMD Convention donation drive. For each $20 donation, you will get one chance in the Convention drawing. For example, if you donate $100, you will get five chances.

The winner will have their choice of either $500 or their 2025 state convention hotel (two nights) and meals covered by the affiliate. The drawing will take place at the NFBMD banquet on Saturday, February 17, 2024.   The winner does not need to be present.  

The fundraiser is open through 3PM on Saturday, February 17, 2024.


Expect Much - Give Much - Get Much: 2023/2024 NFB of Maryland State Convention - February 16 - 18, 2024!

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


  • Date: February 16 -18, 2024
  • Place: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204
  • Meet our keynote speaker and National Representative.
  • Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students. Check out our technology workshops and more.
  • Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday.
  • Attend a job fair.
  • Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind.



The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFBMD) is thrilled to administer the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2024-2025.   The Program will award up to four individual scholarships of $4,000 each.  These scholarships will be given to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership.


October / November 2023 Minute Message

In this issue...

Expect Much, Give Much, Get Much: The State Convention is Coming!

Seeking Resolutions for the State Convention

Seeking Door Prize Donations

Seeking Donations for the NFBMD Bake and Experience Auction!

Seeking Baked Deliciousness for NFBMD Fire Sale!

State Convention Orientation: February 8, 2024

NFBMD Convention Donation Drive and Drawing!!

Remember to Pay Your 2024 Dues!

Seeking Attendees for 2024 Day in Annapolis!

Washington Seminar Is Coming!

Get ready for Orlando in 2024!

do You Feel Lucky?

NFB and NFBMD Scholarship Programs

NFBMD Committees: Are You Interested?

Important Upcoming Dates

State of Maryland White Cane Day Proclamation 2023

The State of Maryland Proclamation

From the Governor of the State of Maryland

OCTOBER 15, 2023

WHEREAS, The white cane, which every blind citizen of our country has the right to carry, demonstrates and symbolizes the ability to achieve a full and independent life and the capacity to work productively in competitive employment; and

WHEREAS, The white cane, by allowing every blind person to move freely and safely from place to place, makes it possible for the blind to fully participate in and contribute to our society and to live the lives they want; and

Braille Spectator, Spring 2023

In this issue:
• Reconnect, Reimagine, Reignite!
• New Beginnings in Annapolis
• Good News about ABLE Accounts
• I Read Books for a Living
• Student Spotlight: Tyler Hoppe
• A Lesson Learned: Why I Support S531 and HR1263
• Chapter Spotlight: NFBMD At Large Chapter
• Speaking Up for Civil Rights
• My Vote Counts Too: The Hypocrisy of the Misinformation Campaign Surrounding Voting Security
• Baltimore-Based National Federation of the Blind Works to Ensure that Every Vote Counts
• Narrowing the Gap: Doing Our Part to Train More Teachers of Blind Students
• 2022 Distinguished Service Award: Carol Beatty
• Marguerite Woods: An Ambassador of Hope
• 2022 Convention Awards
• Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Sharon Maneki — Part One
• 2022 NFBMD Resolutions
• You Can Now Hail an Uber by Calling a Number
• Maryland Man’s Invention, Born Out of Frustration, to Help Blind People Everywhere
• Happy Birthday, Louis Braille
• Spectator Specs

Employment corner -- NFB of Maryland

Welcome to the NFB of Maryland Employment corner. The affiliate Employment Committee serves as a support network that includes sharing resources and helping one another to meet the specific needs of job seekers, employees and employers.

NFBMD state convention Orientation on February 8, 2024

Special Information for First-Time Attendees

All first-time convention attendees are cordially invited to attend a First-Timers Orientation from 8 to 9:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 8.  The Ambassadors Committee will walk you through the events that will take place throughout the weekend, explain processes such as door prizes and voting, as well as make sure every first-time convention attendee is matched with a mentor. 


Connection information is as follows:

Zoom Meeting ID: 624 813 8327

One-Number Conference Call: 339-209-4083



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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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