Programs and Advocacy

NBDA recognizes that advocacy is most effective when backed by legislative action. Therefore, NBDA participates in a number of legislative and policy oriented coalitions. NBDA is a member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN). DHHCAN is a coalition of national consumer organizations of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing people. DHHCAN addresses advocacy, public policy and legislative issues relating to rights, quality of life, equal access, and self-representation and legislative issues.

NBDA is also affiliated with the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology which collectively advocates for accessibility and usability of technology for people with disabilities with a direct result of enacting the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (21st CVAA).

NBDA is a member of the National  Black United Federation of Charities (NBUFC). NUBFC is a federation of 28 non-profit organizations that help Black communities in the United States and Africa. NBUFC member organizations include charitable organizations that focus on education, health and empowerment issues in Black communities.

NBDA does not provide direct legal services. However, NBDA does referrals and make efforts to collaborate with law firms, government agencies, and other protection and advocacy organizations to ensure that collective and individual Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s civil rights are protected. For a list of legal service organizations and protection and advocacy agencies, please visit Resources.

NBDA serves its members and non-members with the following programs and services:

Advocacy
Advocacy is a problem-solving procedure to protect personal and legal rights.

Black Deaf Senior Citizen
Senior Citizen Program aims to develop and strengthen a support network for Black Deaf seniors.

Black Deaf History
The NBDA’s Archives Program aims to preserve and protect Black Deaf history.

College and Youth
NBDA’s two programs designed for Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and young adults who are college students: Collegiate Black Deaf Student Leadership Institute and Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S!).

Miss Black Deaf America
The Miss Black Deaf America pageant program is a competition for young Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing women and prepares them to be a role model for today’s young girls. The pageant program also offers scholarship to the winner.

Scholarships
An educational financial assistance to strengthen the educational and economic advancement of Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Publications
Publications of NBDA and notable publications for or by Black Deaf and hard of hearing.  

Partnership
NBDA values partnership with other organizations and corporations to ensure that services, information and other privileges are available to benefit Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Our partners including but not limited to: