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 2023 Business Meeting - November 11, 2023

Join us for the 2023 NFB of Maryland Business Meeting!


Date: November 11, 2023

Time: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Place: Anywhere and Everywhere!

Registration: $25 / adult


Join us for workshops, seminars, and our annual business meeting.


Registration will remain open throughout the date of the event, but to be eligible to vote, individuals must:

- Register on or before November 1, 2023; and

- pay 2023 dues on or before November 1, 2023.


Registration is available via the link below and will be open through November 11, 2023. 

Click Here to Register Online!


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.


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

June 2023 Minute Message

In this issue...
Get ready for Houston in 2023!
NFBMD Caucus– July 2, 2023 8PM Central
Support NFBMD By Donating and Then Getting Stuff 
Speaking of Donations: Help Us Out With a Zell Donation!
2023 State Convention Theme Contest 
The BELLs Toll Once Again in Maryland!  
Crabbing for Student Scholarships
Update to NFBMD Policy on In-Person Gatherings 
Remember to Pay Your 2023 Dues! 
NFBMD Advocacy Skills Training Session: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Social Security
Seeking Blind Veterans 
Important Upcoming Dates 


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 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.

Seeking nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is seeking nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award. Please tell us how your child’s teacher works to help their students live the life they want with high expectations and strong skill development.

Nominations should be sent to Committee Chairperson Teresa Graham.


Download and fill out this nomination form and send it to the email address Teresa Graham. if you need assistance completing the form, please call Teresa Graham at (443) 557-8696.

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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