Welcome to the new and improved SDS website!

We're putting up this new site (which has all of the same content), as a way to save money, as well as saving us lots of time to manage and maintain it. We also hope that it will be more accessible, in a variety of ways. As always, if you have any thoughts or suggestions for content or access, please let us know. The site represents LOTS of hours researching and designing by Interim Executive Director Devva Kaznitz, and Susan Fitzmaurice, both known to many of you for their work in SDS. And don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, ideas, or would like to work on committee projects for SDS.

SDS President


A concerted effort has been put forth to make this site accessible and compliant to standards. If you encounter access issues, please let us know what they are, so we can endeavor to correct them.

There are no clickable email links. This is deliberate to prevent SDS and its website contributors being bombarded with spam. In all email addresses the @ is replaced with (at) and the dot before org (dot). There is a contact form, also.

SDS Annual Awards!

Aug 24, 2016 - Congratulations to the winners of the Emerging Scholars and Senior Scholar awards, announced here.

SDS Annual General Membership Meeting

The virtual meeting was held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 5:00-6:30pm Eastern Time.

SDS Election results

Aug 4, 2016 - After a lively election period, we have five winning candidates for the Board of Directors: Brenda Brueggemann, Kate Caldwell, Anita Ghai, Carol Goldin, and Karen Nakamura. Thank you to all the nominees and to everyone who voted this year. Click SDS Updates for the full announcement

An Update from the SDS Board of Directors

July 27, 2016 - Please click SDS Updates to read the latest news about SDS: debt settlement and annual membership meeting.executive office is moving!

Executive Office is Moving!

As of July 2016, the SDS Executive Office has relocated to Eureka, CA.

Please bear with us as we work to update the website to reflect the new office location.

New contact information is:
SDS Executive Office
PO Box 5570
Eureka, CA 95502
Skype: devva.kasnitz
Please open Chat with Skype.
Text, Voicemail: 510-206-5767
Please use email, chat, text, or voicemail
email: sds (at) disstudies (dot) org

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the Society for Disability Studies, membership, and the annual conference. Your inquiry will be addressed in the order it is received; please be patient as we attempt to respond to questions in the best way we can.

SDS Town Hall Meeting

The SDS Town Hall Meeting was held (virtually) on Wednesday, May 25, 4:30-6pm Eastern Time. Click Town Hall Meeting for detailed information about the meeting and to access meeting notes.

Phoenix 2016 Conference: an Important Message from the SDS Board of Directors

Feb. 22, 2016 - Please click Town Hall Meeting to read the full text of this announcement.
To the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) Membership (and our allies everywhere):
It is with great regret, and an earnest sense of responsibility, that we, the Board of Directors of SDS, write to inform you that on Friday, February 19th, we took the difficult step of voting overwhelmingly (ten positive votes and one abstention) to cancel the 2016 SDS conference in Phoenix due to an ongoing and now extreme budgetary crisis.
We took this step based on the counsel of experts in the nonprofit world, and we will be working with these partners to try to ensure a viable future for the organization. Like you, we consider SDS to be a vital resource for disability studies in the U.S. and around the world.

Announcing the Society for Disability Studies Speaker & Performer Roster

We invite members to become one of the first SDS Speakers & Performers on our new roster.

In efforts to gather together a robust list of people who often (more than once a year) speak or perform on disability or disability studies related topics —and to further creative ways to also support the Society for Disability Studies—we have created the SDS Speakers and Performers Roster (SDS-SPR).

Many other organizations—academic, corporate, public—have similar speaker’s “bureaus” that promote certain speakers for certain topics. Rather than promote certain speakers, we would like to be able to offer a more comprehensive and equitable “roster” that would then also demonstrate the vibrant and robust work that people are doing “on the ground” in our field, Disability Studies. We imagine that organizations and universities who are looking for good disability/disability studies speakers or performers to fit their own programming needs and goals might then be able to make use of the SDS-SPR—and too, that many of us working in these fields might have a further resource that lets us know the new and ongoing work of our colleagues.

Click link for more information about the SDS Speaker & Performer Roster.