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2019 SDS Membership Drive Overall Description

Dear Disability Scholars and Advocates,

The Society for Disability Studies is conducting its 2019 membership drive. We're excited to continue moving forward with new programming and to have the opportunity to co-conference again in April 2019 with the Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference!

Your SDS membership dues support our renowned journal Disability Studies Quarterly. We are grateful to the outgoing DSQ editors Kim Nielsen and Ally Day, and thrilled to welcome Brenda Brueggemann and Elizabeth Brewer Olson for the start of their 3-year term as the new editors. SDS also hosts a listserv for discussions and announcements, and we have remade our website in the most accessible format available. We'll be adding new content and resources to the website soon, thanks to our Membership Committee volunteer Megan Zahneis at Miami University.

We will again have a strong official SDS presence in Columbus at the OSU Multiple Perspectives Conference in April 2019, including an extra day of SDS Membership events on Sunday, April 7th. Can't wait to see you there!

We have various benefits of Membership and NEW programming in the works for 2018-2019. SDS members are organizing a strand of disability related sessions and an SDS Town Hall at the March 2019 Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Portland. Board members Anita Ghai and Patrick Devlieger are spearheading SDS collaborations with other disability research organizations such as the AfriNEAD Network and the ALTER European Society for Disability Research.

We will make use of our electronic infrastructure to host virtual and multi-modal Membership events such as a DSQ Forum and webinars focused on graduate student professional development and strategies for establishing disability studies programs and courses. As a Member, you can be part of prioritizing and implementing this planning.

We have worked out a group of **SPECIALS** we hope you find welcome. Our Membership year is the calendar year.

1) Current Individual Members
can renew at any time between now and February 1, 2019, with no lapse in Member Benefits for the same dues as 2018.
2) Prior Individual Members will receive an individual email inviting them to rejoin now and have their Membership active from now through 12/31/19.
3) Group or Organizational Memberships have now been extended to three kinds:

• Disability Studies Organizational Members. New and renewing organizations can receive up to 5 extra “Sponsored Memberships” covering from now through 12/31/19. This is a great way for disability studies academic faculty, programs, and advocacy organizations to support both their constituents (especially students) and SDS! Please help promote this opportunity with your school or organization directors.

• Affiliate Group Members.
This new category of group membership is open to any organization that wants to strengthen its connections to SDS, such as disability studies or disability advocacy groups, research institutes, independent living centers, international groups, small disability industry entities, or governmental entities. Each group designates one Sponsored Member, and dues are negotiable according to your annual budget.

• Sustaining Group Members. Groups with large budgets and the capacity to help sustain SDS may, for this year only, negotiate up to 15 extra designated Sponsored Memberships for individuals in your group.

This is just an overview of the 2019 SDS membership categories. Details and membership forms can be found on our website ( Please email us at with any questions or requests. May we remind you that no one will be turned away for inability to pay dues? We look forward to your participation in revitalizing SDS’s advocacy and scholarly mission.


Joanne Woiak, President
Devva Kasnitz and Susan Fitzmaurice, Executive Office,