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 night before he was brutally shot down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached “Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point...either we go up together or we go down together.” Fifty two years later, in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic and the poverty that preceded it, and is now deepening and spreading because of it, the truth of this statement still reverberates

Epidemics emerge along the fissures of our society, reflecting not only the biology of the infectious agent, but patterns of marginali...read more

K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability

Released: April 2, 2020

With ongoing impact of covid-19 still not fully understood by the community at large, individuals with disabilities who regularly access a series of public benefits are left with a variety of questions about the impact of the various federal and state legislative and administrative actions on these various benefits. Key language in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) serves as a guidepost from which the impact on benefits c...read more

My name is Leroy F. Moore Jr.; I am a Black disabled activist, author, journalist and founder of Krip-Hop Nation and long time member of National Black Disability Coalition. Since the 1980’s I have worked in both my disability and Black community. Most of my activism and cultural work has been aimed to change my communities based on my two identities. My work has mostly opened avenues in the disability community, including non-profits by utilizing cultural events, research books/literature and disability studies. In the mid 1990’s after feeling used and discriminated by dominant disabilit...read more

A man visits a nonprofit community health center in Seattle, Washington, March 20, 2020.

There are 61 million people with disabilities in the United States. One-third of U.S. households have people with disabilities, and that number will likely increase over time, as the long-term effects of the coronavirus are still unknown. It is clear from past outbreaks such as the Spanish flu, scarlet feve...read more

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