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.

Coronavirus Proposals Leave the Disability Community Behind

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 fever, and polio that any governmental response should include people with disabilities—both those disabled individuals who acquir...read more

In times of uncertainty, it can be challenging to maintain normalcy while worrying about the potentials of the crisis ahead. With the situation rapidly evolving, vital decisions need to be made constantly as to how to ensure the health and safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you.  

This is not new to many family members with loved ones with severe mental illness. However, the events happening around the world as a result of this novel virus may disproportionately impact the most vulnerable residents, including those with severe mental illness. With that in mind,...read more

2020 is my milestone of 50 years of Black Disability Advocacy. I wanted to talk about what led me to the work, my experiences and where we are now.  I invited fellow lifetime advocates, Rev. Calvin Peterson and Leroy Moore to join me in their observations and where things stand today

50 Years of Black Disability Advocacy

by Jane Dunhamn

Black disability advocacy has grown rapidly over the past 15 years.

My work began 50 years ago as a parent, then advocate and lastly Black disability advocate. During the early...read more

In terms of having personal support and plentiful supplies, some seniors and disabled are in good shape. Lots of those at high risk, whether seniors or because of health issues, aren’t as well situated. They may need some outside help. The threat of COVID-19 is a very big deal.

There are, however, things people can do to reduce the chance of being infected with the novel coronavirus. And there are many things neighbors, friends, family and even strangers can do to make isolation bearable.

Here are 21 ideas.

If you want to help those at r...read more

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