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.

"From the time that I was 15, I spent nine years in the adult prison system.  I saw Black kids like me getting hot water thrown in their faces as guards turned away, and others, like predators, walking around looking for weakness to rape somebody.  I used to wonder is this really what happens to kids like me? Do they really expect me to come home rehabilitated?"

- D.R., 2017

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 NBDC member, Rev. Dr. Ethel Parris Gainer was elected Chair of the Virginia Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

NBDC was invited to serve on the steering committee for the 2020 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium.

Sandra Sermons of NBDC will sit on the committee on behalf of NBDC.


Each year, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) hosts the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, a national symposium named for the its founder, who was blind and served as the president of the organization until his death. Jacobus tenBroek was renowned as a constitutional law scholar, a civil rights activist,  a leader in social welfare reform, and a champion ...read more


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