Each year, SDS bestows an array of prestigious awards for excellence in the field of Disability Studies. Indeed, gathering and considering nominations for each constitutes one of the board's major--and most rewarding--tasks outside of annual conference planning.

With these many awards, SDS strives to recognize the diverse pursuits and measures of success that are represented by its members: the Senior Scholar award recognizes lifetime contributions to the field, while the Irving K Zola award honors an emerging scholar. The Tanis Doe awards a number of prizes for best poster, while the Tyler Rigg Prize recognizes the author(s) of best article published in DSQ. The Affiliated Scholar Program is a competitive program that affords a scholar access to library resources in the SUNY system.