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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.


"Yes, today’s session was a tremendous first step for individual American Council of the Blind (ACB) members as well as ACB the organization. After the session today, my sister who was on the call, and I had a long conversation about our family and of our feelings on all that is happening today.  We both remembered with a mix of love and disrespect how as teenagers, an uncle of ours that we really loved would use racist words. We did call him on it, but he thought it was funny and I don’t know how much of a difference it made to him. We were so young then, but at least now as middle aged adults we know we at least said something. It was really good for me to have this conversation with her."


"I agree with MCAC members (Multicultural Committee American Council of the Blind)  that we have discovered a treasure in you (Jane Dunhamn) and I definitely want to keep in touch!" NBDC Disability Anti Racism Training Oct. 2020 for the American Council of the Blind

An Additional 13 Allege They Were Sexually Assaulted As Children By Devereux Staff

PHILADELPHIA — Thirteen people have come forward and alleged that they, too, were sexually assaulted as children while in the care of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Of the 13, at least seven said they had complained to a Devereux staffer or social worker at the time, but their allegations were ignored and, in some cases, the abuse continued.

“It shows that this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Robert Mongeluzzi, one of their lawyers. “We believe that more are going to come forward as the scope of this problem is peeled away.”

Beyond ‘Grading the States’ and Progressing Toward Decriminalizing Severe Mental Illness

By Elizabeth Hancq -- Yesterday, the Treatment Advocacy Center released a 2020 update to its landmark report, Grading the states: An analysis of involuntary psychiatric treatment laws. The report represents the results of Treatment Advocacy Center staff’s evaluation and grading of the involuntary treatment laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, updating state report cards with any changes to the state laws since the report’s original release in September 2018.  

Children To Be Removed From Devereux After Lax Supervision Found

PHILADELPHIA — City officials will pull all 53 Philadelphia children out of residential campuses run by Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health after a six-week safety review found that staffers repeatedly failed to watch over them.

“We found (staffers) doing nothing. They weren’t doing their jobs,” Kimberly Ali, commissioner for the city’s Department of Human Services, said late Wednesday. “They were not watching the children. And if they were doing it, some of them were doing it sporadically.”

COVID - Stimulus Check for People with Disabilities

Another round of stimulus checks for people with disabilities and long-sought funding to ease the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on home- and community-based services are looking increasingly uncertain.

COVID - Monitoring Ohio Residential Facilities

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the coronavirus pandemic restricted visits to facilities like nursing homes and psychiatric hospitals, the Ohio nonprofit that advocates for people with disabilities faced a dilemma: How do you keep tabs to make sure they’re protecting residents and patients if you can’t enter the building?

The Columbus-based Disability Rights Ohio decided to move its monitoring visits online, meeting with administrators over Skype or Zoom and getting guided tours from an employee walking around with a laptop or tablet.

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