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.

The bill passed 410 to 4.

A bill to make lynching a hate crime under federal law passed the House on Wednesday, making it the first attempt since 1900 poised to successfully make its way through Congress.

The legislature is titled the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act, an ode to Till, a 14-year-old African American boy who was kidnapped, beaten and lynched in 1955 after he was accused of whistling at a whit...read more

Sponsored by: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA):

Why do we need the HCBS Infrastructure Improvement Act (S. 3277)?

Medicaid serves as the nation’s primary source of coverage for long-term services and supports, funding more than 50% of care provided nationwide. In 2017, 4.6 million Americans received these supports at home—which is where they overwhelming prefer to be. Over 61 million Americans have a disability and, by the year 2060, the number of Americans ages 65 and older will reach 94.7 million. There is a significant need for long-term services and supports in homes and com...read more

There are many things that can be disabling, the process of ageing, the loss of wealth, and the loss of employment.

When we marry someone, we know we will all age, we may even struggle with money, some of us may lose our jobs, but we stick by one another. That is love. That is commitment. We look pass matters of age and money, because we believe in something much greater, and we believe in it together. The ability to love is always stronger, always greater than any disability a person may face.

Yet when it comes to a physical or mental disability, people back away from a...read more

Kathy was a dear friend of NBDC. She was a disability activist, dancer, choreographer, teacher and founder of  Disability Art and Culture Project. Providing the art of dance for all disabled people transformed the public in seeing the possibilities of dance and art for all.
(Image (r) -- Kathy Coleman with her unmistakable smile is in forefront using a wheelchair)
We will miss you.
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By Scherrone Dunhamn

Miss Dunhamn presents a rare and candid view of the combination of mental and physical disability.

I’m turning 50 in less than 2 weeks and I’m so grateful to see 50 yrs.  You see, when I was born, I was in the NICU for weeks.  My mom retells the story how my Grandfather asked her if she wanted him to take the crib down. My mom said, “No”- she knew her baby was coming home.    As a teen and until my early forties I...read more


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