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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.


"Thank you for your participation in the ADA 30 celebration, the conversation was rich and I was able to gain a greater understanding of the separation of Disabled and Black & Disabled.  I was one who, knowing the issues faced by race and discrimination, wanted to believe that disability is what ties us and we shouldn't separate.  But after yesterday, I gained a perspective that I understand but didn't want to believe.  Thank you."

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Obituary: Deidre Davis, Disability Advocate

Deidre Davis Butler was an attorney and disability rights expert and advocate. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Deidre has worked to promote legislative and social change geared toward providing equal access to all things, with and for persons with disabilities. She helped craft, implement and enforce employment laws, including, but not limited to the Air Carrier Access Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, a.nd the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Students w/ Disabilities: Tool for Student Loan Appeal

  • If you need special services, personal assistance, transportation, equipment, or supplies that are not provided by other agencies or your school, you may want to make a "Disability Expenses Request" to your financial aid office
  • You should include documents that show out-of-pocket costs associated with your disability, such as special services, personal assistance, transportation, equipment, and supplies that are reasonably incurred and not provided by other agencies or your school. 
  • If your request is approved, you may receive grant aid or you may be able to take on new federal student loans to help cover your costs.

Divas with Disabilities: 30 Years of the American with Disabilities Act

Divas With Disabilities Project (DWD)  celebrated the 30th year of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Dr. Donna Walton, Founder & President, DWD led the discussion on what it means to be Black and disabled in 2020.  Five Black divas; Krystle Allen, Zazel Chavah, Lachi, and Janice Jackson engaged in a lively discussion of their lived experiences expressed through a disability lens.  The women talk about how their lives would be completely different without this landmark legislation.

Availability of mental health services impacts police officer actions

Treatment Advocacy Center: Research of the Month

The role of police in ensuring public safety is a topical issue for policy debates in today’s society. Concerns around the appropriateness of law enforcement in responding to mental health crisis calls are chief among these policy discussions. New research published this month in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology suggests that the availability of mental health services has an impact on police officers’ actions in response to a mental health call for service, such as their choice to arrest, divert to mental health treatment or informally resolve on the scene.

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