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.

NBDC Scholarship Recipients Profiles for 2021-2022

Desmond Smith, Washington, DC

College Students and Severe Mental Illness

College can be a stressful time for all students, especially for those with severe mental illness. College students with severe mental illness face stigma from teachers and faculty members and require greater coordination between the health and education systems all while experiencing the educational and social stressors of college. Therefore, specialized education programs are essential to ensuring students with mental illness can thrive in a college setting and develop the skills needed to succeed post-graduation.

Parents Want Schools to Face Burden of Proof in IEP Disputes

CONCORD, N.H. — Moira Ryan of Londonderry, mother of a 16-year-old son with disabilities, says parents are outgunned when they appeal decisions made by special educators about their child’s individualized education program.

Ryan and several parents urged a state Senate committee in New Hampshire this month to flip the burden of proof to make school districts show their IEP decisions were valid during any hearings about a dispute.

“I am asking you to help us restore some fairness to the system,” Ryan said. 

How Biden’s Families Plan Impacts People with Disabilities

President Joe Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan would establish a federal paid leave program and boost child care and special education, but the proposal falls short on modernizing Supplemental Security Income.

Biden laid out the sweeping plan to expand access to education and child care during his first address to a joint session of Congress this week. The president called the proposal a “once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children.”

Family of Black autistic man rally friends in Hazel Park against charges they say are racist

To his family and friends, Armani Sharpe's criminal charges stemming from a confrontation last year with two white women for cutting through a vacant lot could be called "walking while Black."

And they are seeking public support to have the charges dropped. 

Sharpe's mother, Monique Jewel, and about 30 supporters rallied Tuesday afternoon outside Hazel Park City Hall saying the charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure against Sharpe, 20, make no sense because of the young man's disability and the fact that he never talks to strangers.


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