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.

July 2022 Minute Message

In this issue:
Get ready for Houston in 2023!
Crabbing for Student Scholarships
Attend the NFBMD Board of Directors Meeting and Convention Planning Retreat
Reconnect, Reimagine, Reignite: The State Convention is Coming!
Financial Assistance Application for State Convention – Due September 15, 2022!
Seeking Resolutions for the State Convention
Seeking Convention Sponsors and Exhibitors
Pay Your 2022 Dues As Soon As Possible!!
Reminder of NFBMD Policy on In-Person Gatherings
Membership Efforts
NFBMD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
NFBMD Advocacy Skills Training Sessions
Important Upcoming Dates


NFBMD Policy on In Person Gatherings

NFBMD Policy on In Person Gatherings


This policy is applicable to all chapters, divisions, and the affiliate, as well as any activities, meetings, fundraisers, or in-person gatherings of an official nature.

NFBMD Chapter and Division Dues

We are accepting dues for 2021 and/or 2022. 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.

Financial Assistance Application Form For State Convention - Now Available!

Those requesting financial assistance to attend the Annual NFB of Maryland State Convention in Towson may complete and submit the NFBMD Financial Assistance Application Form by September 15, 2022.

2022 Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser Baltimore - August 5, 2022!


NFB of Maryland Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser

To benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund

When: Friday, August 5, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Tall Cedars - 2501 Putty Hill Ave - Parkville, MD 21234
Tickets are $70 each. Children 6 and under are free. 

Special Promotion: Buy or Sell 25 or more tickets and get your ticket FREE!

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

Menu Includes: Steamed Crabs, Pit Beef, turkey breast, & Ham – All You Can Eat! Plus a Buffet of Entrees Including Old Bay wings and Sausage, Sides, Salad, Cake… Yuengling and Miller beer Carbonated Beverages, iced tea, and Coffee

Braille Spectator, Spring 2022

In this issue:
•    Focus Forward!
•    The Eleventh Hour Session
•    Good News about ABLE Accounts
•    Will You Help Us Right this Wrong?
•    Student Spotlight: Katelyn Siple
•    Ruth Sager: Modeling How to Live the Life We Want
•    Chapter Spotlight: National Harbor
•    Tribute to a Colleague and Friend: Michelle Slaughter Clark
•    Student Spotlight: Shawn Abraham
•    Readers Speak: What They Want Us to Know
•    Chesapeake City Resident Continues to Create Despite Disability
•    2021 Rachel Olivero Accessibility Innovation Award
•    2021 Convention Awards
•    Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Millie Rivera
•    Congressional Lawmakers Want Investigation into USPS Program for the Visually Impaired
•    2021 NFBMD Resolutions
•    Spectator Specs


NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland has established an affiliate COVID-19 fund to assist individuals and families that are experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis. This fund is available to blind individuals and families with a blind household member living in Maryland. The financial assistance must be needed due to a change in circumstance, e.g. loss of employment income, because of COVID-19 or associated government directives like the Stay-at-Home order. Assistance is limited to essentials such as groceries and medication. This Fund is being administered by the NFBMD Financial Assistance Committee.



NFB of Maryland Corona Virus updates and resources

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is closely monitoring the COVID-19 emergency, which is impacting all Marylanders but may have unique effects on the blind.

The health and safety of all of our members, colleagues, and friends is always our top priority. This page provides resources that may be particularly useful to blind people in Maryland facing challenges during the outbreak. If you have found other resources that you believe are useful, please email the information to president@nfbmd.org

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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