Focus Forward: The 2021 NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Focus Forward!

 

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

 

  • Date: November 12 to 14, 2021
  • Place: Holiday Inn Baltimore Downtown Inner Harbor, 105 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Meet our keynote speaker and National Representative, Julie Deden, Executive Director of the Colorado 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.

 

Registration

2021 NFB of Maryland state convention online registration           

 

 

Financial Assistance Application - Due September 30, 2021

Financial Assistance Application Information           

 

 

Annual Maryland Senior Issues Division Seminar registration

 

The NFBMD Seniors Issues Division is excited to invite you to our Annual Seminar; This seminar will take place on November 12, 2021.

 

Additional information will be shared here.

 

 

 

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 with helpful information for parents and educators of the blind. 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 2021 are only $15 and cover the entire family. You can pay your dues at https://nfbmd.org/dues

 

convention day care for children

During the convention we will be providing day care for children ages six weeks to nine years old. We will be offering opportunities for our teens and tweens to participate in the convention, such as serving as mentors to our younger children for certain activities and opportunities to meet our other members within the affiliate. Daycare will be offered on Friday, Saturday, and the banquet Saturday night. Please register your child, including teens and tweens.

We ask that families donate $30 a day to cover the cost of day care. However, if you are not able to make a donation please do not feel obligated. We will not let the cost of child care prevent families from attending the convention.

 

More information will be shared in this space. Check back soon.

 

NFB of Maryland State Convention Agendas

NFB of Maryland State Convention Agenda

Check here for the agenda in mid-late October.

 

  • View webpage version agenda
  • Download MS WORD version of convention agenda
  • Download PDF version of convention agenda
  • Download BRF version of convention agenda

 

Maryland Parents of Blind Children 2021 Annual Conference Agenda

 

  • MDPOBC 2021 Annual Seminar agenda (web)
  • MDPOBC 2021 Annual Seminar agenda (MS word)
  • MDPOBC 2021 Annual Seminar agenda (PDF)
  • MDPOBC 2021 Annual Seminar agenda (BRF)

 

Maryland Association of Blind Students 2021 Annual Seminar Agenda

  • MDABS 2021 agenda (web)
  • MDABS 2021 agenda (MS word)
  • MDABS 2021 agenda (PDF)
  • MDABS 2021 agenda (BRF)

 

 

NFB Maryland state convention Information

  • Date: November 12 to 14, 2021
  • Place: Holiday Inn Baltimore Downtown Inner Harbor, 105 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Make hotel reservations on or before October 15, 2021 by calling 410-347-5707. Room rates are $94 per night plus tax.
  • Registration on or before October 15, 2021 = $20 per adult and free for kids 16 and under
  • Registration after October 15, 2021 = $25 per adult and free for kids 16 and under
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    Seniors Luncheon

    For seniors and others facing vision loss. Host: Maryland Senior Issues Division Additional details coming soon.

     

    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 11, 2021. 

    Read more about the award and application process here.

     

    Seeking nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award

    The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is seeking nominations for the 2021 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 about 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 Chairperson Chris Danielsen by email at cdanielsen@nfb.org by October 15, 2021.

     

    Sponsors

    Those interested in sponsoring the NFB of Maryland 2021 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 September 30, 2021.

    Sponsor request forms can be downloaded here.

    Convention Exhibitors

    Those interested in having a table at the NFB of Maryland 2021 Convention 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  September 30, 2021.  Exhibitor tables cost $200 each. exhibitors request form can be downloaded 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.  Please bring door prizes to the convention.

     

    Convention social media options

    We will be using the hashtag #NFBMD.  Please use this hashtag when posting about the NFB of Maryland 2021 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.