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The National Alliance of Melanin Disabled Advocates (NAMED Advocates) creates spaces for disabled leaders of color and BIPOC allies to gather, learn, connect, and grow around racial and disability justice. Through use of knowledge and empowerment tools, we work to destigmatize the existing outward narrative that currently surrounds the disabled community. We equip community members with the vocabulary to express their authentic selves with confidence and certainty. Our community events are celebrations of solidarity, providing opportunities for collaboration and relationship building.

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A Black non-binary person laughs while sitting in a cushioned wicker chair with their leopard print cane. They are surrounded by four more disabled people of color. Everyone is in the midst of conversation at a rooftop deck party.NAMED Advocates
December 6, 2023

10 Ways to Foster Inclusivity for People with Disabilities

"I have been in political workspaces in which I had to advocate for closed captions on videos and transcription. And most times those accommodations were far and in-between, and I…
An orange gradient flyer that says Accessibility a Basic Understanding. There is a photo of Keri Gray on the right side of the image.NAMED Advocates
November 29, 2023

A Basic Understanding of Accessibility

In the United States, over 25% of people have a disability. Our colleagues, community members, and families most likely have at least one person with a disability. So what qualifies…
A dark-skinned individual holding a megaphone, addresses a crowd of Stop Cop City protesters in front of the Georgia Pacific Building in downtown Atlanta.NAMED Advocates
November 16, 2023

FAQ Sheet: Cop City

This FAQ Sheet aims to provide an overview of Cop City and commonly asked questions that center around its impact on BIPOC, Atlantans, and disabled communities. It will cover five…
At home, a young woman with dark skin and long, brown locs is working on her laptop while wearing headphones. She's smiling.NAMED Advocates
November 2, 2023

FAQ Sheet: Hybrid Workplaces

The objective of this FAQ Sheet is to provide an overview of Hybrid Workplaces and commonly asked questions that center around the impact of COVID-19. It will cover four main…
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October 16, 2023

5 Fictional Books With Disability Representation

Disability representation is vital and so we've compiled a list of books that have a variety of disability representation. From survival stories to tales of overcoming adversity, these books will leave…
At a desk, a dark-skinned woman in a wheelchair is using her laptop. She is in a cozy living room.NAMED Advocates
October 4, 2023

Taking Action: How to Be an Effective Advocate for Disability Rights

Ever feel like the world isn't doing enough to promote inclusion and equality for people  with disabilities? If so, you're not alone. It's time to take a stand and fight…
An image of Keri in a yellow shirt and brown skirt. You see her prosthetic on her right leg. She is surrounded by a grassy background. The title reads Bodily Autonomy Lessons, 5 Black Women Who Taught Me.NAMED Advocates
July 18, 2023

5 Black Women Who Taught Me About Bodily Autonomy

Especially since the ADA, many people with disabilities & people of color have unapologetically claimed their bodily autonomy. However, our society has also stripped bodily autonomy from our communities. This…
A blue flower with a group of people engaging in discussion over brunch. The flyer says Our Presence is Our Power, a dynamic two-day event that will empower disabled leaders of color and BIPOC allies to drive meaningful change.NAMED Advocates
June 27, 2023

The BIPOC Disability Justice Summit: Our Presence is Our Power

Are you an advocate for disability justice who recognizes the barriers and challenges that individuals with disabilities face on a daily basis? Is it challenging to identify effective strategies to…