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.

NFBMD Virtual Night at the Theater - October 16, 2020

Please join the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland for our 2020 Virtual Night at the Theater on October 16, 2020. This is a Meet the Blind Month activity, so please share this event with family, friends, and members of your communities. We will feature theatrical performances by blind people, including a rebroadcast of a Mock Trial and a dramatic Braille performance.

Tickets cost $20 per person on or before October 2 and $25 thereafter. Everyone who purchases a ticket will be entered into a drawing to receive a gift certificate for steamed crabs. We will announce the winner at the Virtual Night at the Theater.

To purchase a ticket, use the PayPal link below or send a check to:

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

Bernard F. Turner Award - Seeking Nominations

We are seeking nominations for the Bernard F. Turner Award. This award will be given at the Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. The recipient will receive $200. The deadline to apply is October 16, 2020. Individuals must submit their application directly to the Bernard F. Turner Foundation with a copy to NFBMD. NFBMD is providing the venue for this award but is not involved in selecting recipients. To apply, download and fill out the attached nomination form and send it to both NFBMDSM@gmail.com or Bernard F. Turner Award Team PO Box 54176 Washington, DC 20032-4176 The eligibility requirements are as follows: 1. This award is open to blind people who lost their sight between the ages of 18-60.

Rise Up: The 2020 NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Rise Up!


Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship.  Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future!


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

Blind Cruising 2021

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be hosting a cruise fundraiser from September 19, 2021 to September 26, 2021.   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 contact our travel agent, Cindy Kiper at kkiper@cruisesinc.com or 813-418-0647.

Seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award. Please tell us how your child’s teacher works to help his or her 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 nomination form and send it to the email address teresagraham3@gmail.com. if you need assistance completing the form, please call Teresa Graham at at (443) 557-8696.

Fall Donation Drive - Cruise Drawing

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is holding a Fall donation drive to support our work. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to significantly increase our resources with regard to advocacy, education, and outreach related to teleschooling, access to information, access to transportation, telehealth, and other areas impacting the blind.


Between September 19 and 26, 2021, NFBMD will be hosting Blind Cruising 2021, which is a 7-night cruise on the Carnival Pride to the Eastern Caribbean. Individuals may book passage directly with our travel agent, with a portion of cabin costs going to NFBMD. Those interested may find information at http://www.nfbmd.org/blindcruising.



The At-Large Chapter of the NFBMD presents

“Jamming with the At-Large Chapter”,

a concert for everyone


Date: Saturday, October 24th

Time: 7:00pm

Place: Zoom

Suggested Donation: $12


Travel through the decades from Chuck Berry to the present. There will be music for every taste including country, Christian rock, jazz, pop rock and more.


Get out the snacks, bring your own beverage, put on your dancing shoes, and enjoy this night of music and fun!


Please register by Wednesday, October 21, so that we have time to send you the Zoom information. Be sure to include your email address when you register.



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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