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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 2021 Scholarship Program

December 4, 2020 - The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) Scholarship Program is accepting applications from Black disabled high school students who will be graduating this spring. 

The NBDC Scholarship Program is funded by donations from its members, supporters and other fundraising events.  The number of scholarships awarded is limited by the monies generated from these endeavors.

The 2021 award is $10,000 to be distributed half in the first semester and additional half in the second semester contingent upon a first semester minimum GPA of 2.0.

State Offers Money to Special Ed Students Affected By School Shutdowns

October 27, 2020 - Texas public school students with severe cognitive disabilities could receive up to $1,500 for tutoring, therapy, and other support services to address any learning disruptions suffered during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Texas Education Agency and Gov. Greg Abbott announced the creation of the $30 million effort — the Supplementary Special Education Services program — last week.

Crisis Response in California

By Elizabeth Hancq

Alternative models of crisis intervention to responding to individuals in psychiatric crisis are being considered in municipalities throughout the country. Providing a mental health response to someone in a mental health crisis is an obvious solution, while diverting non-violent calls for service away from law enforcement.  

NYC Looking for Black Disabled Women to Tell Their Stories

Dear National Black Disability Coalition,

Video Shows Cop Handcuffing, Taunting 7-Year-Old With Autism After He Spat At School

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The video from former Statesville Police Officer Michael Fattaleh’s body camera shows him rushing across a classroom toward two women who are sitting with a small boy.

“OK, I’ve got him. He’s mine now,” Fattaleh says. He takes the 7-year-old, child with autism from the women, handcuffs the boy’s arms behind his back and presses him to the floor.

According to the video of the Sept. 11, 2018, incident, the student remains in that position for the next 38 minutes. Sometimes he sits quietly. Other times he sobs in apparent pain or pleads for Fattaleh to let him go.

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