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NBDC is the nation’s organization for all Black disabled people.  Membership and partners includes Black disabled organizations, disabled people, parents, family members, faith based, non-profits, and academic and policy leaders.

Founded in 1990, in response to the need for Black disabled people to organize around mutual concerns, NBDC is dedicated to examining and improving; community leadership, family inclusion, entrepreneurship, civil rights, service delivery systems, education and information and Black disabled identity and culture through the lenses of ableism and racism. Select here for welcome video.


"Thank you for your participation in the ADA 30 celebration, the conversation was rich and I was able to gain a greater understanding of the separation of Disabled and Black & Disabled.  I was one who, knowing the issues faced by race and discrimination, wanted to believe that disability is what ties us and we shouldn't separate.  But after yesterday, I gained a perspective that I understand but didn't want to believe.  Thank you."

                                                                                                                                   Lisa Franklin

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October 2020

By Jane Dunhamn -- October is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Disability Employment Awareness Month, however this October I want to answer the question that for many years people have asked; why my commitment to disability work extended from role of parent to Black disability activism.  It is an easy response, in that once I saw that disability issues were much more complex than helping my child, of course it was my responsibility to do the work.  My parents taught me to speak up and speak out whenever racism was at work and not to fear speaking to power.  The below article gives history and homage to my Dad whose birthday is October 16th.

October is National Disabilities Employment Month

Crisis Response in California

By Elizabeth Hancq

Alternative models of crisis intervention to responding to individuals in psychiatric crisis are being considered in municipalities throughout the country. Providing a mental health response to someone in a mental health crisis is an obvious solution, while diverting non-violent calls for service away from law enforcement.  

NYC Looking for Black Disabled Women to Tell Their Stories

Dear National Black Disability Coalition,

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