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.

Older Americans Act passed by Senate and House

The Older Americans Act (OAA) legislation removes the 10% cap on serving grand families under the National Family Caregiver Support Program and supports increased intergenerational programming.

Disabled people in the count!

November 16 is Census 2020 National Day of Action

How is the Census taken?

The Census count is based on the answers provided in the Census form sent to all residences in the United States. A postcard will be distributed and should be received by most households in March 2020 with a unique link to complete the Census form online. Residents may complete the Census on any device with Internet access. Alternatively, the Census may also be completed over the telephone, by mail, or in person by an enumerator (a Census Bureau employee who collects census information by visiting households during Census field operations). The Census will be translated into 59 languages. Participants should submit the Census form to the Census Bureau by April 1, 2020.

Should someone who can’t vote still participate in the Census?

Yes. Everyone counts and everyone’s count makes a difference. Every person’s participation helps their community and its children by determining the median income level of the community. Those numbers will bring needed assistance through federal dollars back to the community in the form of public health, construction of federal roads, and school aid.

Study: People with disabilities are a powerful voting bloc

A report by the Rutgers Program for Disability Research found that 65.7 percent of people with disabilities are registered to vote. That’s slightly less than the population without disabilities. Tuesday, a Revup New Jersey rally focused on getting those with disabilities to register to vote and show up and vote.

It comes at a time where those with disabilities are voting in higher numbers. The Rutgers report combs census data and found nationally people with disabilities voting grew by 8.5 points from 2014 to 2018. New Jersey had an even bigger percentage.

Professors Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse’s report found disability voting surpassed Latino voting in 2018 and nearly reached the same level as African American voters. Overall, the disability turnout was 4.7 percent lower than the general population but if those with disabilities voted at the same rate it would add more than 2 million votes.

The professors say a Government Accountability Office report found 60 percent of polling places have impediments to voting, adding America’s fragmented voting system makes it hard to correct polling place flaws, but officials are learning best practices from each other. Another route: lawsuits to force compliance.

They say exit polls don’t ask voters about disabilities, but if they did pollsters and politicians would have learned that in 2018 more than 24 million voters came from so-called disability households, or households of those with disabilities and without. In other words, 20 percent of midterm votes.


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