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News from our Executive Director, Devva Kasnitz!

SDS’s Membership portal has now been open and accepting Memberships and Donations for barely a week. The response has been so gratifying, almost $10,000. When the time came to step up and give, so many of you have. You have recognized that ITs ON US, as over half the Memberships are coming in with Donations as well as Dues.

If you haven’t yet joined the party, or know someone to invite to join us, please visit the website to find all the information and forms at: http://disstudies.org/index.php/2017-campaign/. Remember, no one is denied Membership if you need to pay less than our published dues and volunteer labor is also appreciated. Needed Committee tasks will be posted in the New Year.

The 2017 Membership categories:

  •  Student/Low-Income $40
  • Professional $150
  • Sustaining $225
  • Lifetime $1,500 (paid in one or two installments)
  • Organizational $500
  • Corporate $5,000

All Memberships come with the same benefits, including access to the SDS electronic listservs and info about jobs, grants, awards, conference strands, caucuses, interest groups, and international mentoring and networking.

Those joining as Professional Members should consider becoming Sustaining Members. If you’re affiliated with an educational, research, profit, or nonprofit institution, please consider an Organizational Membership which comes with one Professional and up to four Student/Low-Income Memberships—Corporate Members get five Professional Memberships.

Everyone should consider the current wonderful trend and make an additional tax-deductible donation. We are receiving donations of $5, $10, $20, even with our lowest Dues category. Chose one or more of the SDS funds:

  • General Fund
  • Disability Studies Quarterly Fund
  • Access and Accommodations Fund
  • Membership Subsidy Fund

Remember that as our first plum 2017 Benefit of Membership, SDS has collaborated with the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA) to create conference strand presentation slots ONLY for SDS Members at the CDSA 2017 annual conference in Toronto, May 31-June 2, with a January 16th deadline for proposals. The CFP is here: http://disstudies.org/index.php/sds-and-cdsa-acei/

If you have any questions or need assistance accessing the Membership forms or the CFP, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for acting now to join and support SDS!

Joanne Woiak, Secretary, joanne  (at) disstudies (dot) org
Devva Kasnitz, Executive Director, devva (at) disstudies(dot)org

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SDS Annual Awards!

Aug 24, 2016 - Congratulations to the winners of the Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholars and Senior Scholar awards. (Click links to go to page with announcements.)


SDS Annual General Membership Meeting

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




Executive Office has Moved!

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

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.


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.