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The National Black Disability Coalition (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.

From The Director's Desk


NBDC often receives e-mails from individuals regarding how they or family members are treated during accessing service delivery systems or inquiries about services or interviews about our experiences. Recently, because of the e-mail (click here) NBDC has committed, for documentation purposes, to interview folks on their experiences.

Please keep a look out for the interviews and let us hear from you.Select to read our letters!

Peace and Blessings.

Jane

Meet Dr. Jacob Appel

Wednesday June 20, 2018 7-9:30 PM

Has your loved one ever threatened suicide or made an actual attempt? Can anything be more terrifying for a family member than experiencing a loved one expressing the wish to die? What do you do? Do you rush to the ER? Do you call the police? Is hospitalizing the person with BPD the best solution?

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Sanders, Mikaal and Dallas, three of our Youth Caucus Members who have been directly impacted by the juvenile justice and mental health system, would like to attend the NJJN (National Juvenile Justice Network ) 2018 Forum in Durham, NC, July 16-18. 

Although two of our Youth Caucus Members, David and Jaleel, are attending through scholarships, we are in need of funding for three additional youth caucus members - Sanders, Mikaal and Dallas - to attend the NJJN (National Juvenile Justice Network ) 2018 Forum in Durham, NC.  

Please support them so they learn how to use their lived experiences to create change and develop...read more

April 2018 Research Roundup

DATAPOINT of the Month

9.5 million adults have serious thoughts of suicide

Suicide is a major public health concern in the United States and individuals with serious mental illness are disproportionately affected. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 9.5 million adults have serious thoughts of suicide in any given year, 2.7 million make a suicide plan and 1.3 million attempt suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 44,000 deaths in 2015 were a result of a suicide.

RESEARCH of the Month

Increased mortality in individuals with serious mental...read more

Two brothers did 31 years for someone else’s crime. Then things went bad.

04-10-2018 -- Henry Lee McCollum, seated, and his half-brother, Leon Brown, were released  prison after DNA evidence exonerated them in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl Travis Dove for The New York Times 

In 2015, the state of North Carolina paid $750,000 to Henry McCollum to compensate for the 30 years the innocent man spent on death row.

Seven months later, he was broke. McCollum, who is intellectually disabled, then began borrowing money at 38 percent interest. He kept his financial plight hidden from friends and supporters from his death row years.

But in th...read more

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​Interview Series


NBDC member Leroy F. Moore, Jr. speaks with Kevin Powell. Listen to the interview by navigating to the image below:


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