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.



This article situates recent policy proposals designed to expand the technological surveillance and policing of the "wandering" tendencies ascribed to autistic subjects in relationship to longer histories involving the surveillance of blackness and disability, and maintains that that such proposals are inadequate to sustaining the persistence and flourishing of autistic and other neurologically divergent forms-of-life. Drawing from discussions of the politics of bodily movement in black studies, performance theory, and the emerging discourses of neurodiversity, the essay argues for the necessity of cultivating alternative approaches to conceptualizing, representing, a...read more

A Black Disabled History quiz by Leroy F. Moore, Jr.

1) This slave rescued other slaves and brought them to freedom. Who is she? What was her disability?

2) This famous soul singer wrote a book in 1997 called "Truly Blessed", about his life before and after his accident.

3) This African American is the first deaf professional baseball player.

4) This Black actor is an inspirational speaker who played in "Boyz N The Hood".

5) A 1992 comedy show, "In Living Color", introduced the first Black disabled super hero.

6)This Black amputee, 1984 Olympic skier and author, was the first Director for President Clinton’s Human Capital Issues on t...read more

Sandra Sermons of NBDC interviews for BBC Radio, London. Interview examines experiences and history of Black Blind people.
  • Why did black people, men in particular, turn to music as a vocation?
  • Why were there more black blind people than white?
  • How were black blind people educated? 
  • How did segregation in blind schools work?
  • What did black students learn – was it the same curriculum as whites?
  • What skills and qualifications did they have generally once they left school?

Audio recordings coming in March!

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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​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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