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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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Scholarship Information

The NBDC Scholarship Program, one of the many outreach projects, is to provide financial assistance and encouragement to Black disabled high school graduates in the pursuit of higher learning.

The NBDC Scholarship Program is funded by donations from its members, supporters and other fundraising events.  The number of scholarships awarded is limited by the monies generated from these endeavors.

The 2021 award is $10,000 to be distributed half in the first semester and additional half in the second semester contingent upon a first semester minimum GPA of 2.0. 

Applications will be available November 1st and the deadline is March 15th.

The Promise of The ADA

The ADA in its promise for access in Titles 2, 3, and 4 changed the footprint of America. For many who never knew or have forgotten what America was like before wheelchair access signs, accessible buses, metro access systems, curb cuts, braille signage, captioned tv shows and movies and sign language for televised emergency announcements; disabled people did not have the opportunity to move freely in daily life and America did not see disabled people moving freely in everyday life.  For this I say, Thanks be to God for the countless disabled people and legislators who came together to work, to advocate, to push and yes to fight for the ADA.

COVID - Stimulus Check for People with Disabilities

Another round of stimulus checks for people with disabilities and long-sought funding to ease the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on home- and community-based services are looking increasingly uncertain.

COVID - Monitoring Ohio Residential Facilities

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the coronavirus pandemic restricted visits to facilities like nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals, the Ohio nonprofit that advocates for people with disabilities faced a dilemma: How do you keep tabs to make sure they’re protecting residents and patients if you can’t enter the building?

The Columbus-based Disability Rights Ohio decided to move its monitoring visits online, meeting with administrators over Skype or Zoom and getting guided tours from an employee walking around with a laptop or tablet.

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