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.

Jane

See the below letter from Cornell Brooks, President, NAACP. Our support is needed more than ever.

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Surely, America can do better. 

The recent election has revitalized hate and racism in ways we haven't seen in a long time. So much so, that President-elect Donald Trump feels comfortable nominating a racist we've fought against decades ago for a federal judgeship. Even worse Trump has named a person supported by Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists as his chief strategist.

These are not normal times, and we need your support to keep in check those who want to return us to an America where state-sponsored hate and xenophobia was a...read more

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

Estes Slade, Member, NBDC - I live in close proximity to Interstate 85, in Greenville, South Carolina. Because of location I am in walking distance to shops and restaurants, most of which I can reach from my motorized wheelchair. Traveling via motorized wheelchair affords me the convenience of not having to transfer from car to manual chair.

Unfortunately there is one, possibly deadly, drawback to this convenience: distracted drivers operating silent hybrid, or electric, vehicles.

I knew that traffic was light on weekends so during an errand run in August of 2016 I thought the trip would be quick and easy. The Bi-lo supermarket is less than a mile from my apartment. Typicall...read more

15-year-old athlete with autism running a 5K was assaulted by a man who apparently thought the teen was going to rob his wife, the Washington Post reports.

Chase Coleman loved being part of his cross-country team, and his mother, Clarice, said that she fully supported his passion. She is thankful that the nearly nonverbal, autistic teen had found “his sport,” according to the report.

...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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