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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.


NBDC Sponsors My Girl Story

Black girls living with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and chronic illness often experience life in the shadows and are not heard.  According to Let Girls Learn study from National Women’s Law Center, black girls with disabilities are at a higher risk of prison to school pipeline and lack of receiving adequate services. Black girls receive the highest percentage of special education services overall.

Invisible No More demonstrations in Arlington, VA and Silver Spring, MD

Saturday, October 24, 2020

How Families Are Fighting Racism And Disability Discrimination

by Claudia Boyd-Barrett, California Health Report | November 9, 2020


LOS ANGELES — Ever since her son, Landon, was born three years ago, Nakenya Allen has been fighting.


Fighting to get a diagnosis for the cause of Landon’s digestive problems, which landed him in the emergency room multiple times before he turned 18 months old. Fighting to get doctors to take her concerns about her son’s constant distress seriously. And, after he was diagnosed with a rare birth defect in his spinal cord, fighting with medical and disability service providers to get financial support for his care.


Race and Disability: NHL Team Cuts Ties With Draft Pick Over Bullying Of Classmate With Disabilities

By Mark Monroe, The Blade/TNS | November 3, 2020 -- TOLEDO, Ohio — The Arizona Coyotes announced late last week that the NHL franchise has renounced the rights to Sylvania native Mitchell Miller after a bullying incident in junior high school came to light.

He and the Coyotes organization have come under intense scrutiny after a report surfaced that Miller had bullied a Black classmate with developmental disabilities in 2016.

Miller was selected by the Coyotes in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL draft on Oct. 7. The 18-year-old defenseman, who is a freshman at the University of North Dakota, was selected with the 111th overall pick of the 2020 draft.

Struggling To Connect Through A Screen, Special Ed Teachers Make House Calls

by David Mekeel, Reading Eagle/TNS | October 30, 2020

READING, Pa. — For the first few weeks of the school year, Leslie Esterly struggled to connect with Levi Wilson.

With the COVID-19 pandemic far from over, the Reading School District began classes this fall virtually. That meant Esterly, who teaches students with multiple disabilities at Lauer’s Park Elementary School, was introduced to the 6-year-old kindergartner online.

“He never met me before the screen,” Esterly said.

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