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.

In the US, black and Latinx girls are disproportionately punished and assaulted by school administrators for simple infractions such as showing emotions

 ‘Black and brown girls are typically marginalized at school in these ways because officials judge that they aren’t feminine enough, or the right kind of feminine.’
More than 20 years ago, when I was a 12-year-old queer kid coming to terms with her sexuality, I ran away from home. It was after school had let out for the summer, and I spent two weeks in the Florida Keys, joyriding with neighborhood boys, sleeping under a st...read more

When Black Disabled Scholars & Activists Die

(For us to keep their work alive)
By Leroy Moore

They work in isolation
Ripples becomes waves
Spreading across earth and sea
For future generations

When Black Disabled Scholars & Activists Die

Who will rise
To continue to write and fight
To keep their work in the public eye
Everything begins with one then becomes many
Life is more about us and less about I

When Black Disabled Scholars & Activists Die

Do we take the time
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The U.S. Department of Education is launching a wide-ranging initiative to “address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion” among students with disabilities in the nation’s schools.

The Education Department indicated Thursday that its Office for Civil Rights will work with its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to conduct compliance reviews, improve data collection, offer technical assistance and better support schools to ensure that they are properly handling the behavioral needs of kids with disabilities.

“This initiative will no...read more

The process of competency restoration may be unfamiliar to most, but it is an important one because it overlaps the mental health treatment system and the criminal justice system. It is a process that we highlighted in our report, Emptying the 'New Asylums', because there is a tremendous backlog of people in jails who require competency restoration – that is, people with mental illnesses acute enough to be una...read more


Previous health assessments of North Carolina parents, individuals, and families concluded that the intentional efforts to enhance the quality of healthcare will eliminate health care disparities for residents across the state. It remains to be seen if the apparent benign, yet still persistent gaps in healthcare continue under the new managed care system. One can only hope that the transition North Carolina Medicaid is about to make will address the majority of these issues. There is no cure-all program for the long-standing history of deliberate behaviors undermining equity in...read more

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