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2019 Membership Drive: The Society for Disability Studies Membership & Donation Campaign is underway!

SDS continues to support our renowned journal Disability Studies Quarterly. We host a listserv for discussions and announcements, and we have remade our website in the most accessible format We would also appreciate your help with promoting our Individual and Organizational Membership opportunities with your networks, schools, and organization directors.

Thank you for participating in and supporting SDS!
Sincerely,
Joanne Woiak, President



Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors – 2019

Dear SDS Members,

We are now accepting nominations serve on the Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors. Terms begin in July 2019.

Members of the Board serve for three years, with the possibility of running for a second term.

Names of nominees and candidate statements are due April 30, 2019, 11pm ET.

With over 500 members, it gives us all faith that our organization is important to the field, to the community, and to you. Now is the time to step into a leadership role if you feel passionately about contributing to how we will reshape and sustain SDS.

You can self-nominate or nominate anyone you feel would be a good leader.

SDS is committed to diverse representation in its membership and Board composition, and candidates from all under-represented groups are encouraged to volunteer. We provide any requested access accommodations so that Board members can fully participate.

Board members can expect to:

  • Attend a monthly, 90-minute meeting via teleconference call or chat (note: CART is provided for all of our meetings).
  • Consider carefully and approve annual budgets and measures to ensure the sustainability of SDS.
  • Participate in Board discussions by offering expertise and opinions via e-mail and/or phone/chat.
  • Consider carefully and vote on motions.
  • Serve as an officer or as a committee Chair or Co-Chair.
  • Serve on 1-2 additional Board committees or initiatives.

To nominate, please send:

Resume/CV

500-word (max) statement addressing

  • your connection/familiarity with SDS and disability studies,
  • specific background, experience, and contributions you would bring as a Board member, including knowledge of fundraising; and
  • ideas about where you imagine SDS going.

Please send the information by email (Word attachments would be most helpful).

Address for submissions:

Joanne Woiak, SDS President, jwoiak@uw.edu; with a cc: to Devva Kasnitz, SDS Executive Director, SDSKasnitz@gmail.com

Deadline:

April 30, 2019, 11pm ET.

The Nomination Committee and the Board will review all submissions and present a list of candidates for election. All nominees must be members of SDS before May 10, 2019. The election will be held during May. To vote you must be a current SDS member.

We thank you in advance for considering this invitation.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about being on the Board, the nominations process, or the election. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,

Ryan Parrey & Karen Nakamura
Nomination Committee, Ryan@disstudies.orgKaren@disstudies.org

Joanne Woiak, President, Devva Kasnitz, Executive Director



SDS@OSU Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability — Columbus, Ohio, April 6-9, 2019

“Emerging Disability Studies Perspectives: Ecologies of Care and Access on a World Scale”

With deep respect, we wish to acknowledge the support of the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference and the Department of English at OSU. They have helped make this conference possible!

The 2018 SDS President's Award to Judith E. Heumann

The Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors is delighted to award the 2018 SDS President's Award to Judith E. Heumann. SDS will celebrate this award with Judy during the Multiple Perspectives Conference at Ohio State University, April 6-9, 2019, where she will deliver the 2019 Ken Campbell Lecture on Disability Advocacy, Policy, and Law.


2019 Membership Drive

The Society for Disability Studies Membership & Donation Campaign is underway! In 2018, we partnered with Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference as we will do again in 2019. Stay tuned for news of more upcoming events.

SDS continues to support our renowned journal Disability Studies Quarterly. We host a listserv for discussions and announcements, and we have remade our website in the most accessible format available. We have various benefits of Membership and NEW programming in the works for 2019.

Please renew your SDS membership for all of 2019, become a new or returning member, or make a donation today. We would also appreciate your help with promoting our Individual and Organizational Membership opportunities with your networks, schools, and organization directors.

Thank you for participating in and supporting SDS!
Sincerely,
Joanne Woiak, President


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.


Winners Announced for the Senior Scholar Awards and the Irving K. Zola Award

Each year the Society for Disability Studies grants awards to emerging scholars and senior scholars as recognition for their contributions to the field of disability studies. This year, the Zola Award winner is Michael E. Skyer and the Senior Scholar is Joan Ablon.

Joan has short black hair, dark rimmed glass, and stands in front of a beach looking into the camera. She wears a purple shirt with white designs.
The Senior Scholar, Joan Ablon, stands in front of a beach looking into the camera. Joan has short black hair, dark rimmed glass, and wears a purple shirt with white designs.