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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.

The U.S. Department of Education is launching a wide-ranging initiative to “address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion” among students with disabilities in the nation’s schools.

The Education Department indicated Thursday that its Office for Civil Rights will work with its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to conduct compliance reviews, improve data collection, offer technical assistance and better support schools to ensure that they are properly handling the behavioral needs of kids with disabilities.

“This initiative will no...read more

The process of competency restoration may be unfamiliar to most, but it is an important one because it overlaps the mental health treatment system and the criminal justice system. It is a process that we highlighted in our report, Emptying the 'New Asylums', because there is a tremendous backlog of people in jails who require competency restoration – that is, people with mental illnesses acute enough to be una...read more


Previous health assessments of North Carolina parents, individuals, and families concluded that the intentional efforts to enhance the quality of healthcare will eliminate health care disparities for residents across the state. It remains to be seen if the apparent benign, yet still persistent gaps in healthcare continue under the new managed care system. One can only hope that the transition North Carolina Medicaid is about to make will address the majority of these issues. There is no cure-all program for the long-standing history of deliberate behaviors undermining equity in...read more

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