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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.


Fighting For Justice

Intersection of Disability and Race for Black Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

by Sandra Sermons, Director of Accessibility Services, National Black Disability Coalition

Opening Statement

The United States is one of the few countries that prints all denominations of currency in the same size. Needless to say, this sameness of size makes it impossible for a blind person to locate the correct bills to make a purchase without some sort of assistance or confirm that he or she has been given the correct change by the salesclerk.

Braille Is Everywhere, But Most Kids Who Are Blind Can’t Read It

The challenger sat alone at a square folding table in the center of her teacher’s immaculate living room, stockinged feet whispering against the plush, white carpet, hands poised over a blue Perkins Brailler — something like a manual typewriter crossed with a court reporter’s steno machine. To say the Brailler is loud is an understatement. The force required to emboss Braille paper produces a noise less like typing and more like repeatedly firing a BB gun.

Harvard Study Find Doctors Overwhelmingly Harbor Negative Views of Disabled People

The vast majority of doctors across the nation believe that people with significant disabilities have worse quality of life than others, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Researchers surveyed 714 physicians practicing in various specialties and locations on their feelings about patients with disabilities. More than 82% reported that such individuals experience subpar quality of life compared to people without disabilities.

Yale Report finds dispropotionately more people with serious mental illness are Black

Research consistently indicates that people with serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are at significantly increased risk of death by suicide compared to the general population. In the United States, suicide is the leading cause of death among individuals with schizophrenia between 15 and 44 years old.  

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