Welcome to the Society for Disability Studies

SDS is a lively scholarly association of more than 400 artists, scholars and activists who promote Disability Studies, recognizing disability as a complex and valuable aspect of human experience. (read more)

It's time for SDS elections

July 11, 2016 - We have 17 wonderful nominees for positions on the Board of Directors! Please click here to cast your vote through July 31, 2016.

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: info@disstudies.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.

Call for Board Member Nominations

June 8, 2016 - The 2016 Call for Board of Directors Nominations has closed. Please click here for details.

An Update from the SDS Board of Directors

June 6, 2016 - Please click here to read the latest news from the SDS Board of Directors.

SDS Town Hall Meeting

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

Call for Nominations: 2016 Irving K. Zola and Senior Scholar Awards

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to announce the opening of the call for nominations for the 2016 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies and the 2016 SDS Senior Scholar Award.

For detailed information for the Irving K. Zola Award, please click here.

For detailed information for the SDS Senior Scholar Award, please click here.

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

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.
We have no intention of dissolving the organization. We will keep you apprised of restructuring efforts and, in fact, are counting on your input and support. Regular updates will be forthcoming.
We are also actively investigating ways of creating a very low cost virtual conference this year so that we can still come together online. At the very least we will be holding an online/virtual Annual Membership Meeting (stay tuned for details). Please contact us if you are interested and/or knowledgeable in this area. Contact: ibby.grace@gmail.com
Sincerely yours,
The Board of Directors of SDS:
Funmi Akinpelu, funmiakinpelu2000@yahoo.com
Juliann Anesi, jtanesi@syr.edu
Brenda Brueggemann, brendabrueggemann@gmail.com (Chair)
Mel Y. Chen, melychen@gmail.com
Ibby Grace, ibby.grace@gmail.com
Helen Meekosha, h.meekosha@unsw.edu.au (Vice-Chair)
Mallory Kay Nelson, malloryk@gmail.com
Sami Schalk (Secretary)
Phil Smith, psmith16@emich.edu (Treasurer)
Joanne Woiak, jwoiak@uw.edu
Frank Wyman, chips314@aol.com

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.

For more information about the SDS Speaker & Performer Roster, click here