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 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 2022 and/or 2023. 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.


The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFBMD) is thrilled to administer the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2023-2024.   The Program will award up to four individual scholarships of $4,000 each.  These scholarships will be given to qualified blind students who exhibit academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership.


majority leader steny hoyer nfb video

During the NFB of Maryland 2022 state convention, there was a pre recorded presentation entitled, 'Welcome from Congress'. The presenter was the Honorable Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader and Maryland Fifth District Representative, U.S. House of Representatives; Mechanicsville, Maryland.


The video can be found here.


October 2022 Minute Message

IN this issue...

Reconnect, Reimagine, Reignite: The State Convention is Coming!
Seeking Door Prize Donations
Seeking Donations for the NFBMD Bake and Experience Auction!
Seeking Baked Deliciousness for NFBMD Fire Sale! 
2022 Fall Donation Drive!! 
Remember to Pay Your 2022 and/or 2023 Dues! 
Reorganizing the Baltimore County Chapter
Fun and Informative- and Prizes, oh my!
Free COVID-19 Tests Update
Important Upcoming Dates 


Braille Spectator, Fall 2022

In this issue:

  • The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2022 Annual Convention: Reconnect, Reimagine, Reignite!
  • The BELLs Ring in Maryland
  • Dr. Michael Gosse Assumes the Presidency of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
  • Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program Expands
  • Chapter Spotlight: The TLC Chapter
  • Congress Ordered Agencies to Use Tech that Works for People with Disabilities 24 Years Ago – Many Still Haven’t
  • Annapolis Highlights: The Rest of the Story
  • Brookhaven Elementary Embraces MCPS’ Only Classroom for Blind, Visually Impaired Students
  • What I Learned from Attending My First National Convention
  • Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Dezman Jackson
  • FDR Memorial Steps Up Accessibility for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • The Spirit of the Federation in Maryland Before NFBMD
  • Blind Caregiver Doesn’t Let Disability Slow Her Down from Caring for Bethesda Seniors

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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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Apartment 3002
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 426-4110