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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.

Jane

The National Black Disability Coalition assists families and individuals with disabilities in times of crisis.  This work is done while protecting the privacy of the families.  What we have experienced over the years is that most often families who have a disabled child where an injustice has occurred are unable, for various reasons, to do the work to obtain justice for their child.

We received an inquiry from a support person assisting an African immigrant family. Their middle school child with developmental delays was found in school unconscious on the fl...read more


The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) serves as Congress' watchdog investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. As part of the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law by President Obama in 2016, the GAO was mandated to review state Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) programs to review their activities and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. PAIMI programs are designed to safeguard rights of individuals with serious mental illness, who are at higher risk of abuse and neglect due to their illness. 

The GAO found that in the eight states they reviewed, 74% of PAIMI cases were resolved...read more

The Souls of Poor Folk traces the 50 years since 1968, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and thousands of Americans, alarmed at their government’s blindness to human need, launched the Poor People’s Campaign. As they marched up from the nation’s neglected shadows, Dr. King paused to answer a plea for support from sanitation workers on strike in Memphis. There an assassin snatched his life on April 4th. 

Broken-hearted, this “freedom church of the poor” gathered by the thousands in Washington. They erected “Resurrection City,” their encampment on the National Mall, to demand that their government address bitter poverty in the wealthiest nation in the world. They confronted ...read more

Remembering Disabilities Advocates of Minorities Organization, DAMO, (1998-2002) 
by co-founder, Gary Norris Gray


May 2018 -- DAMO has many meanings in many different cultures. In Korean it was a very popular television miniseries and in Asia it translated to an undercover female detective in the historical Joseon Dynasty. DAMO also means Tea Lady in Korean. In the Philippines the word DAMO in Tagalog means grass. DAMO is also a historical town in northeastern Somalia, but for African American disabled residents in the San Francisco Bay area DAMO would mean freedom, justice, and equality.

In 1972 four white disabled residents at the University of Califor...read more

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


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