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.

Spring 2021 Minute Message

In this issue...
NFB National Convention Is Coming!NFBMD Caucus– Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:00AM

NFB Rookie Roundup - Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 8:30PM
NFBMD Convention Orientation – Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 8:00PM
NFBMD Caucus– Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:00AM
NFBMD Hosts LOL Comedy Night – Monday, July 5, 2021
NFB Convention Host Affiliate Tours: From Maryland and Beyond!
Get Your NFB Convention Scrubs
NFBMD In-Person Convention Banquet
NFB SAFE Fund Resolution
NFBMD National Scholarship Finalists
NFBMD Scholarship Finalists
NFB BELL Academy In-Home Edition!
NFBMD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
NFB and NFBMD Host a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Access to COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources
NFBMD COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
Important Upcoming Dates


2021 NFB National Convention In-Person Banquet Party

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind National Center, will host an in-person banquet party during the 81st Annual NFB National Convention on July 10, 2021. The banquet party will take place at the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore beginning at 7:30PM. Guests should arrive and plan to be seated by 7:15PM.



We will follow public health guidance, and masking, temperature checks, CDC questionnaires, and other health measures may be employed based on the determination of national and affiliate leadership. We want to be together and we want to make sure we are all safe and healthy.





Get Your NFB Convention Scrubs Today!

Lounge wear is the uniform of the virtual meeting so be sure to order your comfortable NFB scrubs for national convention from the host affiliate, the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. NFB Convention Scrubs are what all the cool members will be wearing at virtual banquet!



This set of scrubs contains both a short-sleeved scrub top and drawstring scrub pants, both with pockets. The set is navy blue and both the top and pants feature a charming red crab with the NFB logo in white as well as the words “It’s a Maryland thing” in white writing.



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

Braille Spectator Spring 2021

In this issue:

•    Rise Up!
•    Interacting with the Maryland General Assembly During the COVID-19 Pandemic
•    Student Spotlight: Mirranda Williams
•    Jean Faulkner: A Person Who Lived Life to the Fullest
•    Tribute to a Colleague and Friend: Naomi Jean Faulkner, 1942 – 2020
•    Protecting the Rights of Blind and Disabled Voters: An Example of Failed Leadership in the Maryland General Assembly
•    Student Spotlight: Lizzy Muhammad Park
•    Chapter Spotlight: Central Maryland
•    Students Speak: Building and Using Your Blindness Network
•    The Blind Speak Out for Accessible K-12 Education
•    2020 Convention Awards
•    Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Jen White
•    Western Maryland: The Greater Cumberland Chapter Reimagined
•    Spectator Specs


NFBMD Chapter and Division Dues

We are accepting dues for 2020 and/or 2021. 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.

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.



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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