Welcome to NBDC!

The National Black Disability Coalition (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.

From The Director's Desk

NBDC often receives e-mails from individuals regarding how they or family members are treated during accessing service delivery systems or inquiries about services or interviews about our experiences. Recently, because of the e-mail (click here) NBDC has committed, for documentation purposes, to interview folks on their experiences.

Please keep a look out for the interviews and let us hear from you.Select to read our letters!

Peace and Blessings.


NBDC Interview Series "Black, Gifted & Disabled"

By Jane Dunhamn

What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects communication, social interactions and contributes to obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors. The symptoms typically present themselves in early childhood. There are no known cures, however therapies do help.  Autism is an intellectual disability not mental illness as some may think.  

How old was your son when you first suspected he had autism?...read more

In 2016 two major reports were published on police brutality, disability and the media. Also, other reports were published on prison and people with disabilities.

The reports were promoted and funded by White disabled and non disabled authors from White organizations. Now mainstream media, for example, CNN are interviewing the authors of these reports about why Black/People of Color with disabilities are the demographic who make up these reports. 

There is a serious gap in journalism integrity when the conversations do not include the impact of institutional racism and funding for Black organizations to research and report on Black Issues.

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Imagine a time before computers before cell phones. How did musicians/singers/rappers record their material? Yes, there were professional music studios that cost an arm and a leg in the 80’s and early 90’s. Joe Capers, a blind musician, producer and engineer and friends, built the first completely accessible studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Oakland Hills, that opened in August 1989 and recorded artists like Tony, Toni, Tone, young MC Hammer, Digital Underground, Too Short, Dawn Robinson, of En Vogue and many more that went on, as we now know, to be legends in the Hip-Hop & Soul arena locally and nationally. 

Joe Capers' J-Jam studio was not only where some of the hotte...read more

Yes, It Goes Deeper Than Training, Police Shooting Arnaldo Rios Soto | Interview with Matthew Dietz, Attorney for the Family of Arnaldo Rios Soto

I watched the police shoot another black man, while aiming at an autistic man of color. You’ve probably seen it on Google. I watched it as a Black disabled activist that has reported on police brutality cases since the late 80’s. I watched them shoot Charles Kinsey as he tried to calm down Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto (photo, right), as he held a small toy truck in his hands. The neighbors ass...read more


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"Black, Gifted & Disabled"

​Interview Series

NBDC member Leroy F. Moore, Jr. speaks with Kevin Powell. Listen to the interview by navigating to the image below:

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