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.


A complete application package MUST be submitted to the Scholarship Program committee NO LATER THAN MARCH 15, 2021.

The 2021 award is $10,000 to be distributed half in the first semester and additional half in the second semester contingent upon a first semester minimum GPA of 2.0.



RESEARCH WEEKLY: January Research Roundup

Research Roundup is a monthly public service of the Office of Research and Public Affairs. Each edition describes a striking new data point about severe mental illness and summarizes recently published research reports or developments.  

DATAPOINT of the month 

Nine to 13 times higher risk of death in the first five years after diagnosis with a schizophrenia spectrum psychotic disorder.  

Teacher Dumped Student With Autism In Trash Can, Lawsuit Says

Robin Johnson had a favorite technique for disciplining some of her special education students: According to a new federal lawsuit, she would drop the first- and second-graders into a trash can or recycling bin, then forcibly keep them there when they struggled to escape.

The Statesville teacher singled out one boy in particular, Gage Andrews, based on the complaint filed by the child’s mother:

“If he acted ‘like trash,'” Johnson would say, she “would treat him like trash.”

Disabled People Left Behind and Excluded from COVID-19 Relief 

After months of delays and months of coordinated advocacy from the disability community, this week Congress passed another coronavirus relief bill which does not address critical needs of disabled people, our families, and our service providers. Our community is hurting. Our community is dying. More than 40% of the nation’s coronavirus related deaths have been people with disabilities in congregate settings, and yet the recent COVID-19 relief bill provides no dedicated funding to support people with disabilities living in their homes and prevent further admissions to congregate settings.

DIA, Krip-Hop, Divas and Soul Touchin' Legacies in Black Disabled Work

 I had to create my mirror and now it is an international reflection as a Black disabled person through my activism that helped create organizations from DisabilityAdvocatesofMinorities.org with Gary N. Gray in the 1990s; to Sins Invalid with Patty Berne in early 2000s; to the National Black Disability Coalition in 2000s with Jane Dunham; to Krip-Hop Nation in mid-2000s with Keith Jones & Rob DA' Noize Temple. These organizations also forced Black History Month to open its doors to Black disabled history from many Black disabled/Deaf artists and activists.


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