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 Policy on In Person Gatherings

NFBMD Policy on In Person Gatherings


This policy is applicable to all chapters, divisions, and the affiliate, as well as any activities, meetings, fundraisers, or in-person gatherings of an official nature.

NFBMD Chapter and Division Dues

We are accepting dues for 2023. 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.

March and April 2023 Minute Message

In this issue...

Success in Annapolis!

Are You Hungry? Poppin Popcorn Fundraiser!

NFBMD Bid for Opportunity Dinner and Auction!

NFB of Maryland STEM2U!

Maryland Parents of Blind Children Seminar!

Basket and Bag Bingo Success!

NFB BELL Academy Baltimore, NFB BELLX Salisbury, and NFB BELL In-Home Edition!

Get ready for Houston in 2023!

Come Sing and Play with the Baltimore County Chapter!

Help Raise Funds for the Baltimore County Chapter by Eating!

Greater Baltimore Chapter Pamper a Pal Donation Drawing!

Senior Seminar: My Eyes Don’t Work but My Brain Still Does: Nonvisual Tips for

Remember to Pay Your 2023 Dues!

Important Upcoming Dates

Pamper a Pal (Or Yourself) Greater Baltimore Chapter Drawing

Support the greater Baltimore Chapter by donating in exchange for a chance to win a fabulous basket of prizes with a total value of $350. Each donation of $5 earns you one chance to win, and you get an extra chance for a donation of $20, making a total of five chances.


The basket includes:

• A gift certificate for a one-hour table massage at The QG’s downtown Baltimore location, plus $30 toward a meal at its Clock Restoration bar;

• 1 vanilla mint candle from Sobotanical;

• 1 bag of Threads coffee, along with a coffee mug;

• 1 bottle of wine with two wine glasses;

• A $50 gift certificate to Herbal Nails on Fort Avenue in Baltimore; and

• Bath scrub, soap, and lotion made by blind entrepreneur Lisamaria Martinez.

NFBMD 2022 state convention highlights

Here are 11 note worthy highlights from the NFBMD 2022 state convention.


Braille Spectator, Fall 2022

In this issue:

  • The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2022 Annual Convention: Reconnect, Reimagine, Reignite!
  • The BELLs Ring in Maryland
  • Dr. Michael Gosse Assumes the Presidency of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
  • Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program Expands
  • Chapter Spotlight: The TLC Chapter
  • Congress Ordered Agencies to Use Tech that Works for People with Disabilities 24 Years Ago – Many Still Haven’t
  • Annapolis Highlights: The Rest of the Story
  • Brookhaven Elementary Embraces MCPS’ Only Classroom for Blind, Visually Impaired Students
  • What I Learned from Attending My First National Convention
  • Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Dezman Jackson
  • FDR Memorial Steps Up Accessibility for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • The Spirit of the Federation in Maryland Before NFBMD
  • Blind Caregiver Doesn’t Let Disability Slow Her Down from Caring for Bethesda Seniors

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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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