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.

Jane

In 2016 two major reports were published on police brutality, disability and the media. Also, other reports were published on prison and people with disabilities.

The reports were promoted and funded by White disabled and non disabled authors from White organizations. Now mainstream media, for example, CNN are interviewing the authors of these reports about why Black/People of Color with disabilities are the demographic who make up these reports. 

There is a serious gap in journalism integrity when the conversations do not include the impact of institutional racism and funding for Black organizations to research and report on Black Issues.

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Yes, It Goes Deeper Than Training, Police Shooting Arnaldo Rios Soto | Interview with Matthew Dietz, Attorney for the Family of Arnaldo Rios Soto

I watched the police shoot another black man, while aiming at an autistic man of color. You’ve probably seen it on Google. I watched it as a Black disabled activist that has reported on police brutality cases since the late 80’s. I watched them shoot Charles Kinsey as he tried to calm down Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto (photo, right), as he held a small toy truck in his hands. The neighbors ass...read more

NBDC Interview Series "Black, Gifted & Disabled"

By Jane Dunhamn

What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects communication, social interactions and contributes to obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors. The symptoms typically present themselves in early childhood. There are no known cures, however therapies do help.  Autism is an intellectual disability not mental illness as some may think.  

How old was your son when you first suspected he had autism?...read more

"As a young child, I suffered physical and sexual abuse in my home and began to act out. I eventually entered the mental health and child welfare systems. I was in the child welfare system for an extensive period of time and was eventually sent to more than 20 different placements. I was placed in some of the worst foster homes and programs.

Many of them didn’t care about my broken childhood or my mental health issues.  One of my foster fathers sexually abused me, but when I reported him to my case worker, I was told that if I got moved, I could be sent to a worse home.  Finally, after months of being sexually abused by my foster father, I killed him. I was only 16 year...read more

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"Black, Gifted & Disabled"

​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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