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.

 

NFB Maryland State Convention Information

  • Date: February 16 to 18, 2024
  • Place: Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204
  • Make hotel reservations on or before January 25, 2024 by calling 410-321-7400. Room rates are $99 per night plus tax. 
  • Registration on or before January 25, 2024 = $25 per adult and free for kids 16 and under
  • Registration after January 25, 2024 = $30 per adult and free for kids 16 and under

 

NFB Maryland State Convention Pricing

  • Lodging: $99 per night plus tax  - room block closes January 25, 2024
  • Registration: $25 on or before January 25, 2024; $30 after January 25, 2024 - Kids age 16 and under are free
  • Transportation from New Carrollton: $50 on or before January 25, 2024; $60 after January 25, 2024
  • Banquet: $55 on or before January 25, 2024; $60 after January 25, 2024
  • Friday Boxed Lunch: $20 on or before January 25, 2024 (Note, a fish option has been added for those observing Lent)
  • Friday Dinner & a Play: $25 on or before January 25, 2024; $30 after January 25, 2024
  • Saturday Luncheons (Seniors, Parents, and Students): $30 on or before January 25, 2024; $35 after January 25, 2024

 

Registration

Registration is available via the link below and will be open with pre-registration rates through January 25, 2024. 

Click Here to Register Online!

 

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.  The Career Fair will take place from 1:00 – 4:00PM at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 21204. Job seekers and employers that want to participate in the NFB of Maryland 2024 Job Fair need to register by January 31, 2024. 

 

Financial Assistance Application - Deadline Passed!

The deadline for requesting financial assistance was November 15, 2023.  Those who previously submitted a financial assistance application prior to the change in convention date need not submit a new application.  Funds are limited, and only those who provide proof of Convention Preregistration and a letter of support from their chapter president will be considered.  Applicants will be notified of decisions in December.  

 

Special Information for First-Time Attendees

All first-time convention attendees are cordially invited to attend a First-Timers Orientation from 8 to 9:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 8.  The Ambassadors Committee will walk you through the events that will take place throughout the weekend, explain processes such as door prizes and voting, as well as make sure every first-time convention attendee is matched with a mentor. 

 

Connection information is as follows:

Zoom Meeting ID: 624 813 8327

One-Number Conference Call: 339-209-4083

 

Convention virtual viewing Options

 

Convention Agendas

NFB of Maryland State Convention Agenda

 

Maryland Parents of Blind Children Annual Conference Agenda - Coming Soon!

  • MDPOBC Annual Seminar agenda - MS Word - Coming Soon!
  • MDPOBC Annual Seminar agenda - PDF - Coming Soon!

 

Maryland Association of Blind Students Annual Business Meeting Agenda - Coming Soon!

  • MDABS business meeting agenda - MS word - Coming Soon!
  • MDABS business meeting agenda - PDF - Coming Soon!
  • MDABS agenda - BRF - Coming Soon!

 

Maryland Association of Blind Students Annual Seminar Agenda - Coming Soon!

  • MDABS seminar agenda - MS Word - Coming Soon!
  • MDABS seminar agenda - PDF - Coming Soon!
  • MDABS agenda - BRF - Coming Soon!

 

Annual Maryland Senior Issues Division Seminar

Information coming soon

 

Convention Child Care and Youth Activities 

During the convention we will be providing childcare 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. Childcare 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 childcare. 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.

 

Seeking nominations for the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award - Nomination Period Closed! 

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland was seeking nominations for the Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award, but the nomination window is now closed. 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 can be sent to Committee Chairperson Teresa Graham. Download and fill out this distinguished educator 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 January 31, 2024.

 

NFBMD Cane Walk 

We will have a cane walk with individualized cane travel instruction by an NOMC on Friday at 5 p.m.  To reserve a slot for your child or for yourself, please contact Garret Mooney. 

 

Crab Idol

This American Idol-style evening promises to be fun for all ages.  Those wishing to perform songs can do so for $5 per person per performance.  Chapters and Divisions will battle it out to determine which has the most talent.  Enjoy snacks and fellowship thanks to the Maryland Association of Blind Students and Maryland Parents of Blind Children.  Proceeds support NFBMD, MDABS, and MDPBC.  To sign up to perform, contact Qualik Ford or Garret Mooney.

 

Convention Sponsors

We are tremendously grateful to our 2023 - 2024 Convention Sponsors: 

- Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) - Title Sponsor

- Vanda Pharmaceuticals - Independence Level Sponsor

- AdNet/AccountNet, Inc - Equality Level Sponsor

- Maryland Telecommunications Access of Maryland - Equality Level Sponsor

- Brown Goldstein & Levy - Opportunity Level Sponsor

- Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled - Opportunity Level Sponsor

- Democracy Live - Freedom Level Sponsor

- 3D PhotoWorks - Freedom Level Sponsor

 

 

Convention Exhibitors

We are looking forward to the NFBMD Exhibit Hall on Friday, February 16 from 11AM - 6PM.   

 

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Name

Notes

1

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

Not provided

2

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland

Not provided

3

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Not provided

4

Maryland Accessible Communications / Communications Facilitator

The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications program provides Maryland residents with an opportunity to apply for a no cost loan of telecommunications equipment to independently make or receive calls.

5

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

The Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled provides materials in Braille, large print, and audio formats for those who reside in Maryland.

6

Democracy Live

Not provided

7

Blindshell USA

All-in-one accessible cell phone – BlindShell Classic 2

8

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS OMH leads the advancement and integration of health equity in the development, evaluation, and implementations of CMS’s policies, programs, and partnerships while OHI serves as the CMS executive agent for developing and directing certain Exchange-based (Marketplace) health insurance eligibility appeals functions and processes in support of statues and regulations.

9

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Since 1900 Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome
the challenges of vision loss. Our work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active, and productive in
our society.

10

Crafted Items by Terry Powers and Yasmin Reyazuddin

Hand crafted items, plastic canvas, beaded and loom knitted. Decorations, hair items, hats and more.

11

En-vision America

Not provided

12

God Ain’t Done with Me Yet: Uniquely Blessed

Author of two books: God Ain’t Done with me Yet: Uniquely Blessed is a memoir about a miracle bably who became blind at birth due to ROP. This story is one where you will not only laugh, and cry; but be motivated, encouraged, and inspired! I decided to Make Jesus my Choice: Praise and Devotion is a book of prayers and devotions that will carry you through the week, day and year.

13

Integration Technologies Group

Blindness and Low Vision Hardware, Software, and Training.

14

Johns Hopkins University – Neuroplasticity and Development Lab

The Neuroplasticity and Development Lab at Johns Hopkins University conducts research on brain plasticity, Braille reading and how the brain adapts to blindness. At the NFBMD convention we will be providing information about neuroscience, braille learning and research on brain development and blindness.

15

JW.org

Not provided

16

Maryland Department of Disabilities – Fair Housing Program

Information about HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance program and other housing initiatives for individuals with disabilities.

17

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

The Office of Blindness and Vision Service within the Maryland Department of Rehabilitation provides employment and rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind and low vision.

18

Maryland School for the Blind

The Maryland School for the Blind educates students who are blind and low vision from throughout the state both through residential programs and through outreach to Local Education Agencies. 

19

National Aquarium

The Aquarium is committed to welcoming all guests to experience the wonders of the world's aquatic treasures, and a variety of services are available for guests with disabilities. Some of our services for guests that are blind or low vision are our audio wireless tour, braille tour, touch bags of tactile items representing Aquarium animals and guides that are available upon request with advanced notice.

20

National Harbor Chapter, NFBMD

Not Provided

21

NFB Newsline

NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, deafblind, or otherwise print-disabled that offers access to more than 500 publications, emergency weather alerts, job listings, and more. 

22

Penny Forward

Penny Forward is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization founded and led by blind people. Through education, mentoring, and mutual support, we help each other learn to confidently navigate the complicated landscape of personal finance.

23

PS You Are Fabulous

Personal Fashion stylist for the blind, visually impaired and handicapped. We address all your fashion needs, from simple consultation to regular weekly wardrobe care to organizing your closet and so much more.

24

Soundpro

Digital products such as recorders and headphones, Bluetooth speakers;  Amazon products such as Echo Show, electronic video doorbells

25

The Image Center of Maryland

The IMAGE Center of Maryland’s goal is for anyone with a disability to feel empowered in their life and to see disability as a normal part of it - challenging, manageable, possible.

26

The Wellness DJ, LLC

Health Coaching Services

27

Vispero

Vispero® is the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. We have a long history of developing and providing innovative solutions for blind and low-vision individuals that help them reach their full potential.

 

On site dining options

To assist you identifying options for where to eat during the convention the following menus were obtained for your review.