Welcome to the website of The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC)


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.

RESEARCH WEEKLY: Recovery Barriers for People with Serious Mental Illness Post-Incarceration  

By: Kelli South

Incarceration complicates and sometimes negatively impacts the recovery prospects for individuals with serious mental illness. The common issues faced by anyone involved in the criminal justice system are exacerbated for those with serious mental illness, making their odds of recidivism high and odds of recovering lower.  

My Journey to My Identity

Camilla Gilbert talks about her journey during Introduction to Disability Studies https://youtu.be/bEHMDYhuvj4

Boston University Survey on Covid and PWD

The survey does not ask any personal information, everything is private.  The survey can be done on your smart phone, tablet or computer and will take 20-45 minutes. Start Survey

Disabled, Black and searching for justice

On Sept. 16, 2016, Terence Crutcher's car stalled on a busy road on the Northside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Crutcher, an amateur singer, had just left Tulsa Community College, where he'd found out that his summer music appreciation class had been canceled.


"What am I going to do with these books I bought?" he'd asked the professors.


Crutcher, 40, had hearing loss and was blind in his right eye, the result of an assault more than a decade earlier. Since then, he had struggled with drug abuse and depression, his twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said by phone. When his car broke down, she believes, he was in crisis.

Threat to Parental Rights - Black Disabled Mom Reaches Out to NBDC

My two oldest children are in two different foster homes. My two youngest children are with my aunt. All four are in the XXXXXX metro area. If I leave the state I will lose custody of all four permanently. I am paralyzed from the waist down so I need a caregiver and an emergency place to stay. Please help me. The hospital claims they cannot find any place closer to send me then a nursing home out of state because of my recent suicide attempt.

Disabled in Action opens Florida office

INTERVIEW with Rev. Calvin Peterson, Founder and Director; Disabled in Action, Atlanta, Georgia

The Reverend Calvin Peterson is now an elder (72 years) in the disability rights movement. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia and continue to be the Executor Director of Disabled in Action.

Jane Dunhamn 

Congratulations on opening a second office in Florida. First can you provide background on DIA? What year did you begin DIA in Atlanta? What services and advocacy do you provide? Has anything changed over the years?

Calvin Peterson

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