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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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Keri Gary is standing in the front, holding a phone and taking a picture with members of the HR and DEI team at Goldenvoice and parent company AEG. Keri is wearing a black bucket hat, black-rimmed glasses, a yellow scarf, and an orange tie-dye shirt. On the left side of the picture, there is a dark-skinned person wearing a black cap and long black wavy hair. On the right side, there are three individuals wearing bright orange worker vests, all with medium and light skin tones.NAMED Advocates
May 31, 2024

Why We Need More Programs for BIPOC-Disabled Professionals

"Saying they can't hire me because I have cerebral palsy really broke me because I can't change that about myself." - Lionel Migrino It's time to face the hard truth…
A group of femme black backup dancers and a performer are dancing on the stage at the Coachella Music Festival. They are all wearing purple attire and striking fierce poses. The background is bathed in purple lighting, and a large black speaker is positioned at the front of the stage.NAMED Advocates
May 29, 2024

The Future of Live Events: Coachella’s Inclusive Accessible Plus Program

Welcome to the future of live events where the beats are sick, the vibes inclusive, and everyone's invited to the party! Coachella isn't just setting trends with its killer lineups…
A vibrant orange graphic that features a Black disabled wheelchair user working on his laptop. The text reads Racism + Ableism, How can you fight it?NAMED Advocates
March 23, 2024

Racism + Ableism: How can you fight it?

In this eye-opening exploration, we define racism and ableism, shedding light on how these intersecting forms of discrimination impact individuals and communities.
A group of diverse women sitting around a table in a meeting room.NAMED Advocates
March 14, 2024

Intersectional Realities: Unveiling Health Challenges Faced by Black Women with Disabilities

Black women in the United States face significant healthcare disparities. This can be attributed to implicit bias, limited access to quality healthcare, and systemic racism. Healthcare providers may be less…
A black woman looks down at her cell phone, deeply focused. She appears to be reading something.NAMED Advocates
March 14, 2024

Unveiling Challenges: Navigating Recruitment AI in the Complex Landscape of BIPOC and Disabled Communities

In this article, we will delve into how Recruitment Artificial Intelligence (AI) is impacting the hiring experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), individuals with disabilities, and those…
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…