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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.


Yale Report finds dispropotionately more people with serious mental illness are Black

Research consistently indicates that people with serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are at significantly increased risk of death by suicide compared to the general population. In the United States, suicide is the leading cause of death among individuals with schizophrenia between 15 and 44 years old.  

Teacher Dumped Student With Autism In Trash Can, Lawsuit Says

Robin Johnson had a favorite technique for disciplining some of her special education students: According to a new federal lawsuit, she would drop the first- and second-graders into a trash can or recycling bin, then forcibly keep them there when they struggled to escape.

The Statesville teacher singled out one boy in particular, Gage Andrews, based on the complaint filed by the child’s mother:

“If he acted ‘like trash,'” Johnson would say, she “would treat him like trash.”

DIA, Krip-Hop, Divas and Soul Touchin' Legacies in Black Disabled Work

 I had to create my mirror and now it is an international reflection as a Black disabled person through my activism that helped create organizations from DisabilityAdvocatesofMinorities.org with Gary N. Gray in the 1990s; to Sins Invalid with Patty Berne in early 2000s; to the National Black Disability Coalition in 2000s with Jane Dunham; to Krip-Hop Nation in mid-2000s with Keith Jones & Rob DA' Noize Temple. These organizations also forced Black History Month to open its doors to Black disabled history from many Black disabled/Deaf artists and activists.

Medicaid Program Ineffective in Improving Hospital Readmissions

People with severe mental illness die up to 25 years earlier than people in the general population, in part due to high levels of comorbid physical health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Research has demonstrated that fragmented medical care for people with severe mental illness is a large factor contributing to this incredible disparity in life expectancy for this population.

Group Home Provider Repeatedly Failed Residents, Investigation Finds

U.S. Senate investigators have discovered a pattern of neglect and poor care in an Oregon company’s group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, finding problems that persisted despite repeated state efforts to force the company to improve.

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