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.


The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is pleased to announce that the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year. 




In this issue:


  • The Future Is Ours
  • The Road Less Traveled in the National Federation of the Blind
  • A Lasting Legacy: Remembering Rachel Olivero
  • Can I Have an ABLE Account if I am Forty-Fifty-Sixty Years Old?
  • Living The Lives They Want: How Do Blind and Sighted Spouses Make It Work?
  • Chapter Spotlight: The Sligo Creek Chapter, Then and Now
  • Senior Spotlight: Bryan Holley
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: The Federation Edition
  • Blind Marylanders sue Walmart, saying self-serve checkouts violate ADA
  • Student Spotlight: Jason Polansky - Living the Life He Wants
  • The Legacy of Change
  • Celebrating Louis Braille’s Birthday, Maryland Style
  • Spectator Specs


March 2019 Minute Message

Yanking the Weeds of Voter Segregation and Planting the Seeds of Equality in Annapolis
Digging Out Discrimination in the Entertainment Industry: Time for a Protest
Growing the Movement Through Food and Auction
Planting the Seeds of Networking: Elevate Your Business – and Support Our Merchants!
Growing the Movement Through the NFBMD Scholarship Program
Growing the Movement Through Fun Raffles
Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labor: Membership
The Movement in Splendor: National Convention
Planting the Seeds of Equality in Ride Share Programs: NFB Ride Share Testing Program
Important Dates for 2019


Financial Assistance Application Form For National Convention - Now Available!

Those requesting financial assistance to attend the NFB National Convention in Las Vegas may complete and submit the NFBMD Financial Assistance Application Form by May 15, 2019.

Legislative Alert: February 2019

Fellow Federationists:

2019 Legislative Agenda

On January 24, 2019, members  of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be in Anapolis to discuss issues of importance with our Maryland legislators. The following fact sheets provide an overview of our legislative priorities for the coming year.

2018 presidential Report

Please enjoy the 2018 Presidential Report, Taking the Road Less Travelled in the National Federation of the Blind, delivered by Sharon Maneki on November 10, 2018

Highlights From Our Fifty-Second Annual Convention

Please enjoy these highlights from the 2018 annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland which was held November 9-11 in Ocean City.

Live the Life You Want With the KNFB Reader

With the KNFB Reader, you can read such printed items as credit card receipts, packaging labels, mail, product information, computer screens, and of course books and documents. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud or publishes it in Braille if you have a refreshable Braille display.

Learn more and purchase KNFB Reader for iPhone, Android, and Windows 10 devices at www.knfbreader.com.

Hand holding a mobile phone with KNFB Reader logo on the screen

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