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 National Convention Donation Drive

We will be conducting a National Convention donation drive and accepting donations in Orlando at our affiliate table at the Exhibit Hall, and members of the affiliate may also be on hand throughout the Convention to receive donations to NFBMD.



In appreciation for donations at a certain level, we will offer in appreciation a particular item. You can donate at various levels and can combine levels to get more tokens of appreciation.



Here’s what our menu looks like:

- In appreciation for a donation of $1, you can have a snack item.

- In appreciation for a donation of $5, you can get a fidget spinner. Supplies are limited.

2024 Mid-Atlantic Student Seminar

Will the real Mid-Atlantic blind students please stand up? 


Nah, just kidding. We want all blind students to please stand up. It’s time. 


The Maryland Association of Blind Students in conjunction with the national Association of blind students brings you the 2024 Mid-Atlantic Student Seminar. 


Theme: “Who Am I?, Who Are You?, Who Are We?” 


Dates: August 16, 2024, 5:00 p.m. - August 18, 2024, 12:00 p.m. 


Location: National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, 200 E Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 


Lodging: Jernigan Institute 


Nearest Airport: Baltimore Washington International (BWI) 


NFBMD Convention Caucus - July 4 8PM

Join us at the NFB of Maryland Caucus!

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2024
Time: 8:00PM
Location: Rosen Center Hotel, Salon 1

Bring your banquet tickets for Banquet Ticket Exchange!

Hear about the happenings in NFBMD, meet the 2024-2025 John T. McCraw Scholarship class, mix and mingle, and more!

We will make every effort for this meeting to be a hybrid so those participating in the Convention virtually can also participate in the caucus.  However, we do not know how well the technology will work.  Access information for the virtual aspect of the caucus is below.

Join Zoom Meeting

NFBMD national convention orientation on June 26, 2024

NFB of Maryland is hosting an orientation session for those wanting to attend the NFB national convention. Come to the zoom meeting to learn more.


BASKET AND BAG BINGO! - October 18, 2024!

NFB of Maryland Basket and Bag Bingo will take place on October 18, 2024. Tickets are now available!


2024 Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser Baltimore - September 20, 2024! Tickets Available!

NFB of Maryland Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser

To benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund

When: Friday, September 20, 2024 - 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Where: Rosedale Gardens - 8037 Philadelphia Road - Baltimore, MD 21237
Tickets are $75 each if purchased on or before August 31, 2024 and $85 each if purchased after August 31, 2024.

Children 6 and under are free. 

Special Promotions: 

- Buy or Sell 25 or more tickets and get your ticket FREE!


Dancing, 50 / 50 Raffle, Door Prizes, and more.

Menu Includes: Steamed Crabs, Fried Chicken, beef Bar B Que – All You Can Eat! Plus a Buffet of Entrees Including Maryland-style crab soup, corn-on-the-cob, other sides, Salad, fruit, cake…

June 2024 Minute Message

In this issue...

We Need Your Experiences!

Get ready for Orlando in 2024!

NFBMD National Convention Orientation – Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 8:00PM

NFBMD Caucus– July 4

Support NFBMD By Donating and Then Getting Stuff

Crabbing for Student Scholarships

2025 State Convention Theme Contest

The BELLs Toll Once Again in Maryland!

Remember to Pay Your 2024 Dues!

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.

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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
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