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.


December 20, 2017

Guest blogger: Jackie Pilgrim is an advocate diagnosed with Asperger’s, mother to a young adult also on the Autism Spectrum, and an International Speaker on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. You can find her on Facebook, as well as on her blog, AutismsLove.

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November 12, 2017 by Leroy Moore

East Oakland can I shake your hand
Black, disabled & proud, do you understand
Our history goes through our fingers like sand
Capers & Casper they are the man
Art & music studios we must know
How much they changed Oaktown
Visuals and sounds
The community tried to hold them
Capers & Casper opened their homes
To beautify Oaktown on canvas and in...read more

Ms. Cokely’s article expresses some of the varied issues of Black disabled people and their families. 

These issues impact the Black disabled population across social and economic backgrounds, from the experienced 40 year advocate who knows the system well, yet cannot gain approval for a mobility device now that aging prohibits mobility. 

There are the family members who write us about gaining access to needed services for their young and adult children.  In a most recent case, after years of arguing with a provider agency it took an attorney to show up at an IHP to get the individual and family what they had been asking ...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...read more


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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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