Welcome to the website of The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC)


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.

The first black Barbie doll from Mattel who uses a wheelchair has become an internet sensation.The first black Barbie doll from Mattel who uses a wheelchair has become an internet sensation.

On Twitter, many people are praising Mattel for making a black Barbie doll who has  natural hair and uses a wheelchair. The doll retails for $19.99, and comes with a ramp that fits inside Barbie Dreamhouses. The new doll, which launched in June after bei...read more

 NBDC member, Rev. Dr. Ethel Parris Gainer was elected Chair of the Virginia Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Read more about Congratulations

NBDC was invited to serve on the steering committee for the 2020 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium.

Sandra Sermons of NBDC will sit on the committee on behalf of NBDC.

 

Each year, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) hosts the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, a national symposium named for the its founder, who was blind and served as the president of the organization until his death. Jacobus tenBroek was renowned as a constitutional law scholar, a civil rights activist,  a leader in social welfare reform, and a champion ...read more

In the US, black and Latinx girls are disproportionately punished and assaulted by school administrators for simple infractions such as showing emotions

 ‘Black and brown girls are typically marginalized at school in these ways because officials judge that they aren’t feminine enough, or the right kind of feminine.’
More than 20 years ago, when I was a 12-year-old queer kid coming to terms with her sexuality, I ran away from home. It was after school had let out for the summer, and I spent two weeks in the Florida Keys, joyriding with neighborhood boys, sleeping under a st...read more

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