Welcome to the website of 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.

Why People of Color Change Providers/Agencies/ Organizations and develop community run disability organizations

Why People of Color Change Providers/Agencies/ Organizations and develop community run disability organizations

Why People of Color Change Providers/Agencies/ Organizations and develop community run disability organizations

  • Hurtful, insensitive remarks
  • Do not feel good or safe
  • Not missed if left
  • Tired of being the only person
  • No one to turn to when feeling troubled
  • Opinions and abilities are constantly challenged or disregarded

Standards for Diversity – General

  • Respond to racism, classism, ageism, homophobia, sexism, ableism
  • Demonstrate efforts to cultivate a diverse, multi-cultural, multiethnic and multiracial environment
  • Cultivate and promote a diverse multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial environment
  • Identify culturally affirmative community resources

Standards for Diversity – Overall

  • Definition of cultural diversity
  • Respect for all people as individuals
  • Provisions for celebration and expression of cultures
  • Accommodation of cultural needs
  • Recognition of existence of institutional and personal discrimination
  • Anti-discrimination statement

Characteristics of Inclusive Organizations

  • Committed Executive Director
  • Long term, holistic approach of inclusiveness
  • Recognition of the potential contributions of people of color
  • Recruiting and retaining staff of color
  • Creation of inclusive programs in stages
  • Two-way communication with communities of color

Quick Fix vs. Real Change

  • Long-term commitment
  • Understanding from top to bottom of the organization
  • Training – a lot and often
  • valuate policies and behaviors
  • Create new values, requirements, approaches and assessment tools
  • Develop a three-to five-year plan
  • Develop an evaluation tool

Develop questions to evaluate

  • Interviewing for inclusion
  • Two-way outreach to communities of color
  • Focus groups to assess agency services and outreach to communities of color
  • Workplace policies and practices that reduce racial discrimination
  • Training and Advancement
  • Retention and Termination
  • Glossary of Terms on Diversity