Baltimore Chapter

Contact Info

Mindy Berman Caplan, Chapter President


Message from the President


The Foundation Fighting Blindness Mid Atlantic region’s chapters honored Blind Awareness Month in a joint public awareness and fundraising program. Due to the efforts of the Baltimore Chapter’s President, Mindy Caplan, on Saturday, October 12 from noon to 4PM, members from the Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia chapters were Foundation Fighting Blindness ambassadors at six Lilly Pulitzer stores. The event is called SHOP AND SHARE; Lilly Pulitzer invites nonprofit organizations to their stores to educate the staff and customers while shopping. Lilly Pulitzer donates 10 percent of sales for the event. The chapter members had the opportunity to engage with store customers and staff and the Foundation received over $1,200 dollars. It was the first time the Mid Atlantic chapters collaborated for a regional fundraiser and we look forward to doing it again.


Transportation was the theme for the Foundation Fighting Blindness Baltimore Chapter’s Fall Speaker Series on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, at the Arbutus Branch Library. The seminar was set up in a panel forum. There were representatives from various organizations that serve passengers with special needs. The panel was comprised of the Compliance Office at BWI, County Ride, MTA, Partners in Care, Safe Ride, and TSA (Amtrak representative was unable to attend at the last minute). Each representative discussed details of their services and how passengers may utilize their programs. Among the many topics discussed, Speaker Series attendees learned AIRA is now available at BWI airport, how to receive assistance through security working on better communication, and many services available for blind and low vision passengers.

After the presentations there was a brief break, followed by an Question and Answer session. All attendees received a package of material provided by the organizations.

Below is a photo of the panel:

Photo of Baltimore Speaker Series Panel

(from left to right) TSA – Ms. Magdalena Jurek, Mr. Tim Conway, and, Kristin Katz, PARTNERS IN CARE, Ms. Sharon Smith, COUNTY RIDE. Ms. Michele Steele, MTA, Ms. Lakisha Clarke, Ms. Latoya Eff, EEO/AAP Compliance Office at BWI, Mr. Leon Patterson, and SAFE RIDE, Mr. Gary Day and Ms. Lisa Boyd.

Check out this outstanding scholarly article, "The Foundation Fighting Blindness Plays an Essential and Expansive Role in Driving Genetic Research for Inherited Retinal Diseases", written by Ben Shaberman and Todd Durham for Genes, Volume 10, Issue 7.

Chapter Events

  • Jan 23, 2021 EST Event

    National Chapter Vision Webinar: Gene Therapy

    This webinar will feature a discussion of the many ways gene therapies can be used to address retinal degenerative diseases as well as the latest updates on gene therapy research and clinical trials.

  • Jan 29, 2021 EST Event

    Fighting Blindness Insights Forum – January 29, 2021

    The Foundation Fighting Blindness is pleased to invite you to the upcoming Insights Forum, our quarterly conference call providing updates to the inherited retinal disease community. The focus of this call is to report progress on the Foundation’s mission-related initiatives, highlight recent developments and provide scientific and research updates.

  • Feb 28, 2021 EST Event

    Hope from Home: A United Night to Save Sight

    Hope from Home: A United Night to Save Sight is an exciting and interactive virtual experience featuring incredible entertainment, amazing auction items, and the opportunity to connect with others from the comfort of your own home.

  • Jun 12, 2021 EST Event

    Spring '21 National Virtual VisionWalk

    Participants from across the nation will join together virtually on Saturday, June 12th to show our united, unwavering commitment to the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ mission to search for treatments and cures for blinding retinal diseases.

Foundation Contact

Renee Paulsell

Director, Chapter Engagemenet

+1 (417) 840-5577

Foundation Contact

Kelsey Miller

Director, Events

+1 (866) 782-7330