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National Organization - National Black Deaf Advocates

Representing Deaf African Americans


Updated May 10, 2009

The National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) is a national organization for African American deaf and hard of hearing people.

NBDA is a fairly young organization, having started in the early to mid-80s. It had its genesis in earlier conferences of deaf black people, and at a 1982 conference there was an agreement to form a national organization for black deaf Americans.

The NBDA, which has chapters nationwide:

  • Holds annual conferences.
  • Selects a deaf African American woman to be Miss Black Deaf America.
  • Works to increase awareness of individuals in the deaf African American community.
  • Provides awards/scholarships through some chapters. For example, the DC area chapter gives an Iva Johnson award to outstanding deaf black high school students.

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