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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

Group Home Provider Repeatedly Failed Residents, Investigation Finds

by Fedor Zarkhin, The Oregonian/TNS | December 4, 2020 - PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. Senate investigators have discovered a pattern of neglect and poor care in an Oregon company’s group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, finding problems that persisted despite repeated state efforts to force the company to improve.

Pandemic Helpline Launches For People With IDD, Caregivers

by Shaun Heasley | December 3, 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new 24-hour support line is working to help individuals with developmental disabilities and those who care for them cope during this tough time.

Known as Project Connect, the telehealth line is free and available anytime for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and other members of their support teams across the nation.

Jane Dunhamn, Presents to Amazon Employees

Jane Dunhamn, NBDC director, will present to Amazon hosted by a joint collaboration of the Amazon Black Employee Network and the Disability Employee Network. The presentation is on December 3rd in recognition of International Day of Disabled Persons 2020.  Ms. Dunhamn will address employees in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Pacific Islands, Japan and Australia.  She will discuss Unfinished Business: Disability, Race and Employment.

Join us for the OSEP Parent Center Call on COVID-19 Q&A

Monday, November 30, 2020 

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

NBDC Sponsors My Girl Story

Nov 9, 2020 - Black girls living with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and chronic illness often experience life in the shadows and are not heard.  According to Let Girls Learn study from National Women’s Law Center, black girls with disabilities are at a higher risk of prison to school pipeline and lack of receiving adequate services. Black girls receive the highest percentage of special education services overall.

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