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.

Week in Annapolis 2023

Below is information about our 2023 Week in Annapolis. 

1.            WE are looking for volunteers to attend meetings with the Maryland General Assembly during our NFBMD Virtual Week In Annapolis. 

2.            We are also looking for volunteers to serve as Zoom hosts for those meetings. 

3.            We are sharing information about issue training meetings so participants can prepare to talk about our legislative priorities for the 2023 General Assembly. 

4.            We are explaining when each geographic area will have the bulk of its meetings.

5.            We are providing the Zoom information for the Issues Training meetings.


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.

BASKET AND BAG BINGO! - March 10, 2023

NFB of Maryland Basket and Bag Bingo will take place on March 10, 2023.  Tickets are now available!


The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFBMD) is thrilled to administer the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2023-2024.   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.


December 2022 Minute Message

In this issue...

Thank You for Being the Fire!

2023 Advocacy in Annapolis Begins!

Washington Seminar Is Coming!

Get ready for Houston in 2023!

Basket and Bag Bingo is Coming!

            do You Feel Lucky?

Update to NFBMD Policy on In-Person Gatherings

Remember to Pay Your 2023 Dues!

Reorganization of the Baltimore County Chapter

NFB and NFBMD Scholarship Programs

NFBMD Committees: Are You Interested?

Important Upcoming Dates


NFBMD 2022 state convention highlights

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


majority leader steny hoyer nfb video

During the NFB of Maryland 2022 state convention, there was a pre recorded presentation entitled, 'Welcome from Congress'. The presenter was the Honorable Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader and Maryland Fifth District Representative, U.S. House of Representatives; Mechanicsville, Maryland.


The video can be found here.


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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