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.

May 2022 Minute Message

Get ready for New Orleans in 2022
NFBMD Convention Orientation – Thursday, June 30, 2022
Proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the National Federation of the Blind
Maryland National Scholarship Finalists
NFBMD Scholarship Finalists
NFBMD Spring Donation Drive
Crabbing for Student Scholarships
Pay Your 2022 Dues As Soon As Possible
Update to NFBMD Policy on In-Person Gatherings
Blind Cruising 2023
Membership Efforts
NFBMD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
NFB BELL Academy Baltimore and In-Home Edition!
NFBMD Advocacy Skills Training Sessions
Important Upcoming Dates

NFBMD 2022 Theater Donation Drive

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is conducting a Theater Spring Donation Drive. In appreciation for your financial support, we will enter contributors in this program into a drawing for one of three pairs of tickets to the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore.


Each show is audio described, and we are grateful to the audio description firm for donating these tickets to NFBMD for use as a fundraiser.


For every $5, the contributor will get one chance to win. For example, if an individual donates $20, they will be entered into the drawing four times.


We will draw at the end of each month for the next show. The seats are located in the upper right box.


Here are the rules:

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 2021 and/or 2022. 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.

Blind Cruising 2023

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will be hosting a cruise fundraiser from December 3, 2023 to December 10, 2023.   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, please contact our travel agent, Cindy Kiper at ckiper@dreamvacations.com or 813-418-0647.  To make your initial deposit, please use the PayPal button below.


The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland (NFBMD) is thrilled to announce changes to the John T.  McCraw Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2022-2023.   The NFBMD Board of Directors voted to nearly double each individual scholarship and to add an additional scholarship.  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.


2022 Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser Baltimore - August 5, 2022!


NFB of Maryland Annual Crab Feast Fundraiser

To benefit the John T. McCraw Scholarship Fund

When: Friday, August 5, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Tall Cedars - 2501 Putty Hill Ave - Parkville, MD 21234
Tickets are $65 each if purchased before July 22, or $70 afterwards. Children 6 and under are free. 

Special Promotion: Buy or Sell 25 or more tickets and get your ticket FREE!

Dancing, 50 / 50 Raffle, Door Prizes, and more.

Menu Includes: Steamed Crabs, Pit Beef, turkey breast, & Ham – All You Can Eat! Plus a Buffet of Entrees Including Old Bay wings and Sausage, Sides, Salad, Cake… Yuengling and Miller beer Carbonated Beverages, iced tea, and Coffee

Braille Spectator, Fall 2021

In this issue:

•    The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 2021 Annual Convention: Focus Forward!
•    The BELLs Ring in Home Again
•    Chapter Spotlight: The Baltimore County Chapter
•    This Deaf-Blind Paralympian was Told to Navigate Tokyo Alone; So She Quit Team USA
•    Why Should We Do DEI
•    Maryland Elections Board, Blind Advocates Reach Agreement on Efforts to Improve Ballot Privacy for Voters with Disabilities
•    Remembering Lloyd Rasmussen
•    Stronger Together: From Where the Federation Flag Flies Highest to All Corners of Our Movement
•    Profile of an NFBMD Leader: Anil Lewis
•    A Disabled President’s Memorial Still Isn’t Fully Accessible to Disabled Visitors, A New Report Finds
•    Spectator Specs


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