More than half of Black people with disabilities in the United States will be arrested by the time they reach their late 20s. It's impossible to know just how many Black people who are shot by police or are victims of police violence also have disabilities due to a severe lack in federal record keeping, but estimates range from 20% to more than 40%.
Having a disability, whether it be physical or cognitive, puts Black people at an even greater risk of arrest or violence by the police.
"Law enforcement may not understand what they see, or too rapidly interpret speech or actions," Gary Slutkin, epidemiologist and founder of Cure Violence at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, told Reuters Health in 2017. "Or they may not have the luxury or be able to take the time to understand what is going on."
From its inception, Black Lives Matter has made a point of not only acknowledging Black people with disabilities, but including them as well. Many are currently out on the streets protesting, and those who are unable to do that are seeking other ways to help.
For those who are looking for more places to put their money toward helping Black causes, below is a list of some organizations — compiled with the help of disability writer Sara Luterman, the Black Disability Collective, and autism advocate Jen White-Johnson — that are currently helping Black people with disabilities, including those risking their lives to protest.
Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN): AWN currently has a fund that gives direct support, mutual aid, and reparations by/for autistic people of color. If you are in need of relief right now, you can also reach out through the fund's page.
Helping Educate to Advance the RIghts of Deaf Communities (HEARD): HEARD provides support and assistance for deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, deafdisabled, and disabled ("deaf/disabled") people going through the criminal justice system.
Disability Justice Mutual Aid Fund: This short-term fund is taking donations until June 16 and providing money for disabled organizers who are protesting. You can send money via PayPal at tinyurl.com/disjusticefund or request funds here.
Disability Justice Culture Club: The Disability Justice Fund is currently delivering funds to QTBIPOC in the Bay Area. To donate, Venmo @Yomi-Wrong.
Women for Political Change: Working with the Black Disability Collective, Women for Political Change is prioritizing funds to go to Black/disabled people.
If you're also interested in supporting the protests outside of bail funds, here are some mutual aid funds and grassroots organizations for you to donate to, as well.