History of Chapter - The chapter is a non-profit organization formed in December 1975 by a group of parents of children with Spina Bifida. The parents wanted to help families of children with Spina Bifida by providing friendship and compassion and by sharing information about Spina Bifida. The organization also helps by providing financial assistance, educational and group activities. The Spina Bifida Association of Maryland is run by volunteers from families affected by Spina Bifida. We have no paid staff. We are a tax exempt Charity under IRS section 501 (c) (3).