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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 confers the President’s Award for artists and activists who embody the goals of the Society, reiterating our commitment to all kinds of work in disability studies. SDS recognizes Judy Heumann for her five-decade career as a disabled activist who has changed the lives of every single disabled person in the United States and across the globe. Her work has shown the vibrancy and strength of the social model of disability and the power and importance of the disability rights movement’s central mantra: “nothing about us without us.”

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.

Call for Proposals — Deadline extended to December 21, 2018
SDS@OSU Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability
Columbus, Ohio, April 6-9, 2019

SDS is pleased to co-conference with The Ohio State University’s Multiple Perspectives conference. The SDS Strand adds a day, allowing us to schedule conference events April 6-9, 2019. The Call for Proposals and Submission Template are now available. Deadline for submissions is December 21, 2018.

Schedule for SDS@OSU:

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019: SDS Evening Reception.
  • Sunday, April 7, 2019: All-day SDS Strand with multiple concurrent sessions; Evening Keynote, Dinner, and SDS Dance/DISCO Ball.
  • Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019: SDS Strand at the Multiple Perspectives Conference, ending at 5pm Tuesday.

The SDS Strand events will be open to all to attend but will be arranged, proposed, peer-reviewed, and presented only by SDS Members.

Keynote, Dinner, & Dance, 7-11 pm, Sunday, April 7th:

The SDS Dance/DISCO Ball is back once again! The event will include a collaborative keynote from Dr. Jina Kim and Dr. Sami Schalk; dinner; mingling; and of course, DANCING! Co-sponsored by the OSU Disability Studies Graduate Student Association and OSU Disability Studies Program.

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!
Joanne Woiak, President

SDS invites nominations for the 2018 SDS Senior Scholar Award and Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award.

Applications due November 15, 2018. The awards will be announced in early January. Please consider self-nominating or nominating mentors and colleagues who are emerging as scholars or have shaped the field of disability studies. Discover eligibility and how to apply at Irving K. Zola Award and Senior Scholar Award.

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.