Welcome to NBDC!


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

Ms. Cokely’s article expresses some of the varied issues of Black disabled people and their families. 

These issues impact the Black disabled population across social and economic backgrounds, from the experienced 40 year advocate who knows the system well, yet cannot gain approval for a mobility device now that aging prohibits mobility. 

There are the family members who write us about gaining access to needed services for their young and adult children.  In a most recent case, after years of arguing with a provider agency it took an attorney to show up at an IHP to get the individual and family what they had been asking ...read more

by Kathy Wright, Executive Director, New Jersey Parents Caucus

“…forsake not the law of thy mother…” for it is on Mother's Day, that women who have entered into the most complex institution that exists in our patriarchal and racist society today, are reminded of our most precious charge in life. It is very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day mothering that mothers must do and forget the beauty and the power that is given to us through the birthing of our children. We must be careful as we entertain the images of the African-American mother that is offered up in present day society, because we as individuals do not conform to many of the assumptions. Wh...read more

February 10, 2017 - College Success @ Perkins is a new, nine-month program for blind and visually impaired high school graduates who are college bound.  This selective program is for seniors planning to go to a two- or four-year college or students who have spent a few semesters in college and are looking to hone their skills and return to college prepared for success. This residential program at the world-renowned Perkins School prepares students for success in college, career and life. It was designed with an emphasis on: 

  • Building the foundation for a successful college experien...read more

February 6, 2017 -- The 13th Amendment didn't apply to me as a Black man with a developmental disability.

One author wrote:

“Involuntary servitude,” or “peonage,” occurs when a person is forced to work against his or her will, with little or no control over working conditions. This work might be paid or unpaid. The Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery and outlawing involuntary servitude, was passed in 1865 shortly before the end of the Civil War. Unfortunately, this protection was not extended to people with developmental disabilities until nearly a ce...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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