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.

Financial Assistance Application Form For State Convention - Now Available!

Those requesting financial assistance to attend the NFB of Maryland State Convention in Baltimore may complete and submit the NFBMD Financial Assistance Application Form by October 1, 2019.

2019 NFB of Maryland State Convention

The NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Celebrating Our Stories, Defining Our Future!


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


  • Date: November 8 to 10, 2019

  • Place: Crown Plaza Baltimore Downtown Inner Harbor,
    105 W Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Meet our keynote speaker, Carla McQuillan, a member of the National Board of Directors, and president of the NFB of Oregon.

  • Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students.Check out our technology workshops and more.

  • Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday.

  • Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind.



Deadline dates for early bird registration and hotel group rates is October 12th.

Check this article out for all you want to know about the 2019 NFB of Maryland state convention.


Upcoming LBPH TUG sessions in Columbia, MD and more

Subject: LBPH Technology User Group in Columbia


Greetings to the tech enthusiasts of Howard County,

We are quite pleased to be bringing the Technology User Group to Columbia on Tuesday, October 1.  With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to be previewing assistive technology gifts and to learn of the exciting new gadgets and gizmos.  We will also be taking a look at an amazing app that will make your phone a more useful tool.

We will be meeting at 6:30 PM, The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21045.

August 2019 Minute Message

August 2019 Minute Message
In this issue:
The State Convention is Coming!
Financial Assistance Application for State Convention Now Available
The Bells Tolled for Literacy in Maryland!
Eat Delicious Food and Help Chapters and Divisions Earn Money!
NFB Sues the Maryland Board of Elections to Restore the Secret Ballot
NFB RideShare Testing Program
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Important Upcoming Dates


National Federation of the Blind of Maryland Internship Program

Interested in that all-important first job? The NFB of Maryland Internship Program can help current and recent students obtain experience to put on their resumes.



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


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.


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National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
Ronza Othman, President 
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Baltimore, MD 21201
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