The National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) is the official advocacy organization for thousands of Black Deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. Black deaf leaders were concerned that Black Deaf and hard of hearing Americans are not adequately represented in leadership and policy decision-making activities affecting their lives so they established NBDA in 1982.
The Mission of the National Black Deaf Advocates is to promote the leadership development, economic and educational opportunities, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.
As a non-profit, tax-exempt, consumer organization, NBDA is supported by its members and others interested in furthering the mission, vision, and strategic objectives of this esteemed organization. Membership includes Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing; parents of Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing children; professionals who work with Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and adults; sign language interpreters; people of color; and other interested individuals and organizations. NBDA also works in conjunction with more than 30 Local BDA Chapters across the country.
NBDA Executive Board serves on a voluntary basis and is comprised of a majority of Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocates governs National Black Deaf Advocates. The NBDA Board of Directors consists of officers elected during the national conferences, elected regional representatives from their respective regional conferences, and appointed board members.