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.

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 changing everyone’s lives but has unique effects on blind people .


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 emergency. If you have found other resources that you believe are useful, please email the information

to president@nfbmd.org


Blind Cruising 2020

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be hosting a cruise fundraiser from September 27, 2020 to October 4, 2020.   The affiliate will receive a portion of the cost of each cabin that is booked.  All are welcome, including members of the NFBMD, other affiliates, families, colleagues, and friends.  For additional information or to reserve your cabin, please email NFBMD.outreach@gmail.com.  Details are as follows:

Ship: Carnival Pride

Date: September 27 – October 4, 2020

Financial Assistance Application Form For National Convention - Now Available!

Those requesting financial assistance to attend the NFB National Convention in Houston may complete and submit the NFBMD Financial Assistance Application Form by April 15, 2020.


THE BASKET & BAG BINGO MARCH 13, 2020 EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK! We will post information when we reschedule the date. All previously purchased tickets for the March 13, 2020 date will be honored for the rescheduled date.


The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is pleased to announce that the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for 2020-2021 will include two scholarships in the amounts of $2,000 and $1,500.  These scholarships will be awarded to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement and community involvement.


The John T. McCraw Scholarship Program has been established to promote post-secondary educational opportunities for Maryland's blind students.  The recipients may use these scholarships to defray the cost of educational expenses incurred at any post-secondary institution during the 2020-2021 academic year. 


LBPH Upcoming Accessible Technology Education sessions

Now that the library of the Blind and Print Disabled is having virtual meetings rather than in person ones, I hope members from the NFB of Maryland can drop in and listen to what we do and the information that we can deliver. 


Here is our schedule for the next few months:

  • April 4: A look at text to speech apps: AKNFB reader, Seeing AI, and Voice Dream Scanner, also how to take better pictures.
  • May 9: food delivery apps: doordash, postmates, uber eats Instacart and grubHub.
  • June 13: BlindShell Mobile Phone
  • July 11: Google Docs
  • August 8: OrCam
  • September 12: IOS 14


Jerry J Price


Accessible Technology Education Program Coordinator



NFB participates in World of Possibilities Disabilities Expo

Promotional Partner National Harbor Chapter Federation of the Blind of Maryland

Come out and support the National Harbor Chapter Federation of the Blind of Maryland Table!







TIME: 11:00A-4:00P

PRICE: $3 ON APRIL 18, 2020

EVENT LINK: https://expo.caringcommunities.org/

Contact Amber Woods for information and instructions for limited free tickets woodsamber83@gmail.com 301-978-6686.


February 2020 Minute Message

Topics include:
Raising Expectations in Annapolis!
Raising Expectations in Washington!
Basket and Bag Bingo is Coming!
Update on Voting Lawsuit
National Convention is Coming!
Supporting Our Maryland Scholarship Program!
Blind Cruising 2020!
NFB and NFBMD Scholarship Programs
LBPH and BookShare Partner to Give Us More Books!
NFBMD spring raffle  - Do You Feel Lucky?
NFB RideShare Testing Program
Important Upcoming Dates


Save the Date: Muir’s Tavern Federal Hill Homecoming—A Fundraiser for the National Federation of the Blind

Mark your calendar to join us for the Federal Hill Homecoming fundraiser and seventy-sixth anniversary celebration hosted by Muir’s Tavern in support of the National Federation of the Blind. The event will take place on May 9, 2020, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Muir’s Tavern, located at 36 E. Fort Avenue in Baltimore.

We hope to see many Federationists there! More details to come.


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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
15 Charles Plaza
Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 426-4100