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 Training Center Networking and Alumni Breakfast

Purchase tickets for the 2024 NFB of Maryland Training Center Networking and Alumni Breakfast.



This event is for those who are interested in adjustment to blindness training and those who have attended training. Alumni from the Louisiana Center for the Blind, Colorado Center for the Blind, BLIND, Inc., and Blind Industries and Services of Maryland will be available to share information about these centers and celebrate alumni and supporters.



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.  Participation for both employers and job seekers is free.  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, Kevan Worley.
  • 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 career 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.


January 2024 Minute Message

In this issue ...

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

Training Center Networking and Alumni Breakfast

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!

Success in Annapolis!

Success at Washington Seminar!

Get ready for Orlando in 2024!

do You Feel Lucky?

Basket and Bag Bingo is Coming!

NFB and NFBMD Scholarship Programs

NFBMD Committees: Are You Interested?

Important Upcoming Dates

Braille Spectator, Fall 2023

In this issue...

  • National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2023 Annual Convention: Expect Much, Give Much, Get Much!
  • The BELLs Ring in Maryland
  • The Benefits of Attending an NFB National Convention
  • Coffee with an NFB Staff Member: Beth Braun
  • U.S. Attorney: Maryland Paratransit System Does Not Comply with ADA; Lawsuit Threatened
  • Other Bills of Interest in Annapolis
  • Linda Lamone, Maryland's Long-Serving Elections Director, Announces Retirement
  • Division Spotlight: The Senior Issues Division
  • 2023 Gamechangers: Advocates Emphasize the Importance of Including People with Disabilities in the Workplace
  • Michelle Lindsay Wins 2023 Pauline Johnson Award
  • Top Scientist Who is Disabled Accuses Research Funder of Discrimination: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD Has Denied the Allegations in the Scientist's Lawsuit
  • 2023 NFBMD Resolutions
  • Spectator Specs


NFBMD Chapter and Division Dues

We are accepting dues for 2024. 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 8, 2024


NFB of Maryland Basket and Bag Bingo will take place on March 8, 2024.  Tickets are now available!

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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
15 Charles Plaza
Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 426-4110