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Resource List: African Americans with Disabilities

Explore and discover African Americans with disabilities from decades gone to present day that made an impact on disability rights, accessibility, and Black History.


Note: The resources provided below share various Black disabled experiences, issues and people within the Black disabled community, the content on these external links does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Southeast ADA Center.

Celebrate Black History Month - February

Since 1976 in the United States, the month of February is recognized as Black History Month. 
According to, the Black History Month 2021 theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” 

During Black History Month and throughout the year, celebrate and honor the contributions of African Americans with disabilities.

Multimedia Resources

Tool Kits & Materials

  • February Toolkit on Autism and Race
    In honor of Black History Month, the top focus for this February Toolkit is on Autism and Race. There are significant disparities that exist in education, healthcare and support services for autistic individuals of color. The aim is to shine a spotlight on these inequities, and provide more information and resources related to autism and race. The toolkit also provides resources for Relationship Building & Socialization, COVID-19 vaccine education and COVID-19 support.
    Source: Autism Society
  • Black Disabled History Month Lessons
    This collection includes 2 lessons about important historical figures in America that are a part of Black Disabled history. Also includes 2 projects that can be assigned to students to have them research an important black and disabled historical figure or artist. The goal of these lessons is to bring disabled representation into your Black History Curriculum for students in grade 8 or above, in a classroom or adapted to be done virtually.
    + Download: All 4 lessons - Black Disabled History Month.
    Source: Disability Equality in Education (DEE)
  • Black Disabled Trivia
    Source: National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC)

History and Profiles of African Americans with Disabilities



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