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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

Race, Ethnicity and Disability: The Financial Impact of Systemic Inequality and Intersectionality

Today, the U.S. is facing two concurrent crises, the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread recognition of historic and systemic racism that disproportionately impact Americans that are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). COVID-related hospitalization rates for nonHispanic, Black and Indigenous persons are five times that of non-Hispanic   read more

 

The Path Forward for Severe Mental Illness and Super-Utilization 

By Elizabeth Hancq

Individuals with severe mental illness are often caught in the revolving door of super-utilization, cycling through inpatient hospitals, emergency departments, jail or homeless shelters.  

Overlooked No More: Brad Lomax, a Bridge Between Civil Rights Movements

A member of the Black Panthers, he helped lead a historic, and successful, sit-in in San Francisco as part of a nationwide anti-discrimination campaign on behalf of people with disabilities.

When Brad Lomax joined the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s, he hoped to be part of a revolution that would provide a better life for Black Americans, free of inequality, poverty and police brutality. And to a large extent he succeeded, making important contributions to the Panthers on both coasts. But it was in an entirely different civil rights movement — one for people with disabilities — that he would make his most indelible mark.

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.

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