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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.


"Thank you for your participation in the ADA 30 celebration, the conversation was rich and I was able to gain a greater understanding of the separation of Disabled and Black & Disabled.  I was one who, knowing the issues faced by race and discrimination, wanted to believe that disability is what ties us and we shouldn't separate.  But after yesterday, I gained a perspective that I understand but didn't want to believe.  Thank you."

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Availability of mental health services impacts police officer actions

Treatment Advocacy Center: Research of the Month

The role of police in ensuring public safety is a topical issue for policy debates in today’s society. Concerns around the appropriateness of law enforcement in responding to mental health crisis calls are chief among these policy discussions. New research published this month in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology suggests that the availability of mental health services has an impact on police officers’ actions in response to a mental health call for service, such as their choice to arrest, divert to mental health treatment or informally resolve on the scene.

Our babies are ‘just different:’ A tragic death and Black parents’ fears for special children

Lincoln Hook’s mother says that though he is an outgoing and always-smiling six-year-old, his school doesn’t know how to deal with him.

 

5 Disability Issues Candidates Need To Understand For The 2020 Elections

by Andrew Pulrang12:58pm EDT

This is the first in a six-part series on disability issues that could shape disabled people’s votes in the U.S. General Elections this coming November. 

Most of us know what we as disabled people want from politicians. And we can identify some of the most common problems we face as disabled people. Here are a few of the most urgent disability issues that candidates should address: 

1. Work and benefits 

Deinstitutionalization

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