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

February 10, 2017 - College Success @ Perkins is a new, nine-month program for blind and visually impaired high school graduates who are college bound.  This selective program is for seniors planning to go to a two- or four-year college or students who have spent a few semesters in college and are looking to hone their skills and return to college prepared for success. This residential program at the world-renowned Perkins School prepares students for success in college, career and life. It was designed with an emphasis on: 

  • Building the foundation for a successful college experien...read more

February 6, 2017 -- The 13th Amendment didn't apply to me as a Black man with a developmental disability.

One author wrote:

“Involuntary servitude,” or “peonage,” occurs when a person is forced to work against his or her will, with little or no control over working conditions. This work might be paid or unpaid. The Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery and outlawing involuntary servitude, was passed in 1865 shortly before the end of the Civil War. Unfortunately, this protection was not extended to people with developmental disabilities until nearly a ce...read more

by Leroy Moore


February 2, 2017


1) This slave rescued other slaves and brought them to freedom. Who is she? What was her disability?


2) This famous soul singer, in 1997,  wrote a book called "Truly Blessed", about his life before and after his accident. Who is he?


3) This African American is the first deaf professional baseball player. Who is he?


4) This Black actor is an inspirational speaker who played in "Boyz N in the Hood." Who is he?


5)A 1992 comedy show, "In Living Col...read more

January 18, 2017 -- The problems with America’s public education system…Underpaid teachers?  Poor funding? Poor parental engagement?  Restrictive and oppressive laws regarding minority neighborhood schools?


Nope. None of that, according to Donald Trump’s Attorney General pick, Jeff Sessions. Back in 2000, Sessions, before the Senate, argued that while it’s good for schools to accommodate disabled students, it had “gone too far:”


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​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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