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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.


Government Agency Recommends Ending Subminimum Wage

A federal civil rights commission is calling for an end to a policy that allows people with disabilities to be paid less than minimum wage describing the program as “rife with abuse.”

In a report out Thursday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said the time has come to phase out subminimum wage.

The Promise of The ADA

The ADA in its promise for access in Titles 2, 3, and 4 changed the footprint of America. For many who never knew or have forgotten what America was like before wheelchair access signs, accessible buses, metro access systems, curb cuts, braille signage, captioned tv shows and movies and sign language for televised emergency announcements; disabled people did not have the opportunity to move freely in daily life and America did not see disabled people moving freely in everyday life.  For this I say, Thanks be to God for the countless disabled people and legislators who came together to work, to advocate, to push and yes to fight for the ADA.

Guardianship

At 22, Tyler Borjas had a job, a bank account and got around using Uber and Metrorail.

But he couldn’t legally vote, buy a house or make travel plans. That’s because a Miami-Dade court deemed Borjas, who has autism, “incapacitated,” and placed him under guardianship.

“I want to make my own decisions,” Borjas, who is now 25, said. “I want my rights back.”

Guardianship essentially stripped Borjas of his rights, meaning he couldn’t legally make decisions for himself, said Viviana Bonilla López, an attorney working with Disability Rights Florida, an advocacy group.

Mental Health is a Crime

Daniel Prude, right, and his brother, Joe.Roth and Roth LLP, via Associated Press

On March 23, just a day after having gone to the hospital for mental health problems, a 41-year-old man named Daniel Prude bolted out of his brother Joe’s home in Rochester, N.Y, wearing few clothes. Joe was scared about what might happen to his brother. So he did what many Americans do when facing an emergency involving mental illness. He called 911.

Black Funding Denied

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.

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