Rise Up: The 2020 NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Rise Up!


Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship.  Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future!


  • Date: November 6 to 8, 2020
  • Place: Anywhere and Everywhere!
  • Meet our keynote speaker, Pam Allen, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, Chairperson and First Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors, and Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind.
  • 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.
  • Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind.


NFB of Maryland FAQ for 2020 state convention contact and access Information

Check out this FAQ for your one stop for all your convention contact and access information.




2020 NFB of Maryland state convention online registration           



Annual Maryland Senior Issues Division Seminar registration


The NFBMD Seniors Issues Division is excited to invite you to our Annual Seminar, this year entitled, "Living Successfully with Vision Loss: Tips and Tricks."  This seminar will take place virtually on November 6, 2020 between 1 and 4 p.m.  This seminar is free of charge.


Please register by October 30, 2020 by visiting 2020 Senior Issues Registration




Annual Maryland Parents of Blind Children conference registration


The Maryland Organization of Parents of Blind Children is excited to have your family at our annual seminar held every year in conjunction with the convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. During our seminar you will hear from presenters on the various summer training programs around the country, technology to help your child to succeed, and programs to assist your child once they reach adulthood. Additionally, parents will have an opportunity to network with others.


We also want to invite you to become a member of our organization. Our membership dues for 2020 are only $15 and cover the entire family. You will also be placed in a drawing for a free dinner with the NFB of Maryland president Ronza Othman. You can pay your dues at https://nfbmd.org/dues


Maryland Parents of Blind Children Registration is available here


NFB of Maryland State Convention Agendas

NFB of Maryland State Convention Agenda



Maryland Parents of Blind Children 2020 Annual Conference Agenda



Maryland Association of Blind Students 2020 Annual Seminar - Empowerment Through Experience Agenda



NFB Maryland state convention Information

  • Date: November 6 to 8, 2020
  • Place: Anywhere and Everywhere (100% Virtual)
  • Registration on or before October 16, 2020 = $20 per adult and free for kids 16 and under
  • Registration after October 16, 2020 = $25 per adult and free for kids 16 and under
  • Note: Individuals who register after October 16, 2020 may not be eligible to participate in certain Convention activities such as voting and door prizes that use separate platforms.


Notice of Official Business Meeting of NFBMD - Friday, November 6, 2020


We will be holding an Official Business Meeting of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland during the Board of Directors Meeting at the NFB of Maryland state convention at 9:00AM Friday, November 6, 2020.  At that time, we will hold official readings of two documents. 


Voting at the 2020 NFBMD state convention

Those wishing to vote at the NFB of Maryland State Convention must enroll in our voting system prior to October 16, 2020.  In order to be eligible to vote, you need to:  

  1. be a member in good standing of an NFB of Maryland chapter or division for the 2020 calendar year (this means you paid your 2020 dues prior to September 30, 2020 – visit https://nfbmd.org/dues to pay online);

  2. Be registered for the NFB of Maryland 54th Annual Convention prior to October 16, 2020 – visit http://nfbmd.org/convention to register online or return your hard copy registration form with your $20 per person registration fee; and

  3. Enroll in our online voting system on or before October 16, 2020 using the link https://www.nfbvote.org/.


If you need assistance enrolling in the voting system, please reach out to your chapter president or a member of the NFB of Maryland Board of Directors.


We are using the same voting system as the NFB National Convention.  Enrolled voters must register the phone number they intend to use via the online link above.  They will vote by either sending a text message to a unique number I will provide closer to the convention or by calling a unique phone number I will provide closer to the convention.  Individuals should register one phone per person in the household, meaning each person should have a different enrolled phone number.  The rule is one vote per phone number.  Individuals should also use a phone for voting they can manage simaltaneously while listening to the convention, or otherwise understand that they may miss parts of the convention while casting their votes if a single device is used for voting and listening. 


Please be sure to select “Maryland” when enrolling to vote on https://www.nfbvote.org/.


Special events to note:

Convention tours:

Tour 1: The Peale Museum for Baltimore History and Architecture

Join the NFB of Maryland for an exclusive virtual tour of the Peale Museum for Baltimore History and Architecture. Learn about the history and culture of one of the oldest American cities in history. Join David London, Chief Experience Officer at the Peale, for a visually described tour of the oldest museum building in America. Opened in 1814 by artist Rembrandt Peale, the building has since served many purposes. Of historical mote, including Baltimore 's first City Hall, Male and Female Colored School Number 1, as well as reopening as a museum in the 1930's as the first Municipal Museum of Baltimore. Join us to hear some of the many exciting stories contained within our walls!


Date: November 6, 2020 Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/s/98579589731 Access ID: 985 7958 9731

Tour 2: Aira Afternoon at the Negro League Baseball Museum

Host Stephanie Watts will be joined by Paul Mimms, fellow Aira Explorer, and Raymond Doswell of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. He’ll tell us about the museum, its reopening and what you can experience there as well as showing us some things from their web site including their awesome gift shop. Date: November 6, 2020 Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Below is the Zoom invitation. You can also join live on the Aira Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/c/airaio. Zoom Link: https://aira.zoom.us/j/91824898381 Access ID: 918 2489 8381


Seniors Luncheon

For seniors and others facing vision loss. Host: Ruth Sager, president, Maryland Senior Issues Division, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland Additional details can be found here.


State convention scholarship and awards

Bernard F. Turner Award - Seeking Nominations

We are seeking nominations for the Bernard F. Turner Award. This award will be given at the Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. The recipient will receive $200. The deadline to apply is October 16, 2020. 

Read more about the award and application process here.


Seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award. Please tell us how your child’s teacher works to help his or her students live the life they want with high expectations and strong skill development. Nominations can be sent to Committee Chairperson Teresa Graham. Download and fill out this nomination form and send it to the email address teresagraham3@gmail.com. if you need assistance completing the form, please call Teresa Graham at (443) 557-8696.

Read more abut this award and the application process here.


Seeking Resolutions for the State Convention

The Convention is the supreme authority of the National Federation of the Blind, and this too is true of the affiliates.  One of the most important charges of the Convention is to consider and vote on resolutions that come before it; those resolutions become the policy of the organization.  To that end, individuals interested in submitting resolutions should send them to NFBMD Resolutions Chairman Jesse Hartle by email at jesse.hartle63@gmail.com by October 16, 2020.

When available, draft copies of the 2019 Resolutions can be found here



Those interested in sponsoring the NFB of Maryland 2020 Convention are encouraged to contact Ronza Othman at President@nfbmd.org or Jen White at Jwhite@nfb.org.  the deadline to submit sponsorship forms is October 9, 2020.

Convention Exhibitors

Those interested in having a table at the NFB of Maryland 2020 Convention Virtual Exhibit Hall are encouraged to contact Ronza Othman at President@nfbmd.org or Jen White at Jwhite@nfb.org.  the deadline to submit Exhibitor forms is October 9, 2020.  Exhibitor tables cost $200 each. exhibitors request form can be downloaded from here.



Seeking Door Prizes

We are seeking donations of door prizes to give away at the NFB of Maryland Annual Convention.  Door prizes should have a cash value of a minimum of $25 each.  Given the virtual nature of the Convention, we would prefer to recieve monetary contributions (checks payable to NFB of Maryland).  Please do not send parishables.  We are requesting that we recieve door prizes by October 23, 2020.  Please make a monetary donation using the PayPal Button on this page and be sure to note "Convention Door Prize donation" in the comment box.  Alternatively, please mail door prize donations to:

NFB of Maryland - Door Prizes

1800 Johnson Street, Suite N1

Baltimore, MD 21230


NFBMD Fall Donation Drive - Win a Free Cruise!

We are seeking donations to support NFB of Maryland.  NFBMD will hold a drawing at the NFBMD State Convention Banquet on November 7, 2020 to show our appreciation to financial donors.  The winner will receive a week-long cruise on the Carnival Pride during NFBMD’s Blind Cruising 2021 event – September 19 – 26, 2021.  In order to be eligible, individuals must donate at least $10 between August 15, 2020 and November 1, 2020 and indicate that they wish to be entered into the drawing.  Each donor’s name will be entered into the drawing for each $10 contribution.  This means if an individual donates $100, that individual will have 10 chances to win. 


Individuals may donate using the NFBMD PayPal button at http://nfbmd.org or by mailing a physical check payable to NFB of Maryland to the address listed below.  Individuals should notate the comments section of PayPal and the check memo line to indicate “Cruise Drawing” in order to be entered into the drawing.  Door prize contributions, exhibit hall fees, and convention sponsorship do not count towards donations for the Cruise drawing.


1800 Johnson Street, Suite N1

Baltimore, MD 21230



Convention social media options


We will be using the hashtag #NFBMD.  Please use this hashtag when posting about the NFB of Maryland 2020 Convention on Twitter or Facebook.  Please send any pictures you take of Convention activities to Social Media Chairman Karen Anderson at Kanderson@nfb.org or via text to 402-319-7645.  Please be sure to describe any pictures you post and send to Karen.