African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860

New book by Dea H. Boster, Routledge, Mar 5, 2013 - Social Science - 198 pages - Disability is often mentioned in discussions of slave health, mistreatment and abuse, but constructs of how "able" and "disabled" bodies influenced the institution of slavery has gone largely overlooked.

Reflections On March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Barbara Johnson, Sandra Sermons, and Jane Dunhamn shares stories of their experiences at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 24th, 2013. Listen to it by selecting THIS LINK.

Best Kept Secret: Documentary Review

By: Jane Dunhamn

Sept. 30, 2013 - In the Best Kept Secret the filmmakers come together through interview to create a seemingly reflective film about a high school graduating class of students with autism from JFK High School in Newark, New Jersey.

While the film provides unseen, unheard voices, it leaves a questioning audience wanting more dialogue about the intersections of race, class status and disability. Read more »

NBDC represented at the 2013 NCIL Conference

Image of NBDC members Sandra Sermons, Ethel Paris Gainer, Scherrone Dunhamn and Center: Ayana RussellNBDC members Sandra Sermons, Ethel Paris Gainer, Scherrone Dunhamn meet for dinner at the NCIL conference. Center: Ayana Russell

NBDC Member Casper Banjo . . . Five Years On

It was only a month before his untimely death in 2008 that disabled African American artist Casper Banjo met art dealer Lee Stone. In the five years since then M. Lee Stone Fine Prints has played a crucial role in helping to move Banjo’s artwork into several important collections nationwide. Read more »

Stop the next Zimmerman, End "Shoot First"

Across the country, millions of us are enraged at how the legal system has failed to secure justice for Trayvon Martin and his family. Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law set the stage for the injustice we've  just witnessed -- enabling George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin and walk away a free man. Read and sign the following petition found on the website.

End Stand Your Ground Laws

NBDC Board Member, Ethel Paris Gainer, PhD, elected to the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities

The Board serves as the Virginia Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, addressing the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as established under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) and the state Virginians with Disabilities Act.  Since 1992, the Board has been an executive branch state agency located within the Secretariat of Health and Human Resources.

As pursuant to the DD Act the Council is administered by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities within the Administration for Children & Families in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

To learn more about Developmental Disabilities Councils, see below links. Read more »

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