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.


What did it mean when non-disabled slaves were set free?

Slavery ended in the US after the Thirteenth Amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865; however, disabled slaves were kept on plantations because slavery was connected to the ability to work.  Jim Downs, among other scholars, wrote an essay entitled, The Continuation of Slavery: The Experience of Disabled Slaves during Emancipation which lays out that disabled slaves were seen as non-workers, could not work therefore were kept on plantations to be "taking care of" but continue to work for their “masters”.

Did this separation of freedom of non-disabled compare to disabled set a standard or practice on ...read more

Author, Leroy Moore reads from children’s book.

On February 18, 2018 come out and support NBDC founding member and disability activist, Leroy F. Moore Jr., who will read from his new children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 and talk about the realities of Black/Brown and poor people with disabilities.  San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck will host the event. 


1:00 to 3:00pm


Main Library 
Koret Auditorium
100 Larken Street
San Francisco, California 94103



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December 20, 2017

Guest blogger: Jackie Pilgrim is an advocate diagnosed with Asperger’s, mother to a young adult also on the Autism Spectrum, and an International Speaker on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. You can find her on Facebook, as well as on her blog, AutismsLove.

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-  A new federal law has been enacted that poses perhaps the most serious threat to the independence of people with disabilities in decades. The 21st Century CURES Act Section 12006 enacted December 2016 mandates that states implement electronic monitoring of people with disabilities receiving In-Home Support Services (IHSS) and their caregivers.

-  This onerous law is being implemented across the country with a January 1, 201...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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