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Dear SDS Members, we are always seeking nominations for the Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors. The next election will take place in the Spring of 2021.

Members of the Board serve for three years, with the possibility of running for a second term. Because many of our members are impacted by the Coronavirus and have a variety of new responsibilities and increased vulnerability, we will extend the nomination deadline to offer more time for folks to submit. 

We have over 500 voting members. A total of 389 people participated in SDS@OSU 2020, our first online conference. We know our organization is important to the field, to the community, and to you. Now is the time to think carefully about who we want to step into a leadership role, contributing to shaping and sustaining SDS.

SDS is committed to diverse representation in its membership and Board composition, and candidates from all under-represented groups are encouraged to volunteer. We provide any requested access accommodations so that Board members can fully participate.

Board members can expect to:

  • Attend a monthly, 90-minute meeting via teleconference call or chat (note: CART is provided for all of our meetings).
  • Consider carefully and approve annual budgets and measures to ensure the sustainability of SDS.
  • Participate in Board discussions by offering expertise and opinions via e-mail and/or phone/chat.
  • Consider carefully and vote on motions.
  • Serve as an officer or as a committee Chair or Co-Chair.
  • Serve on 1-2 additional Board committees or initiatives.

Board Committees include:

    • Program
    • Nominations & Awards
    • Policy & Publications
    • Membership
    • Development

To self-nominate, each candidate provides an up to 500-word (max) statement addressing their connection/familiarity with SDS and disability studies, specific background, experience, and contributions you would bring as a Board member, including knowledge of fundraising and ways you could further work on specific committees; and ideas about where you imagine SDS going.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about being on the Board, the nominations process, or the election. Expect that we may reach out to nominees before the election to ensure that you feel your personal statements fully communicate what you offer the organization. We very much look forward to hearing from you.


Vandana Chaudhry and David Hernandez-Saca, SDS Nomination Committee

Joanne Woiak, President, Devva Kasnitz, Executive Director



It Continues as Recordings. This is available to all registrants.

We cannot let this conference pass without acknowledging what is all around us and why we were not all together in Columbus hugging and sharing hotel rooms and meals and late night conversation. SDS never considered cancelling the conference even while our classes went online with so much extra work, and every other conference went bye bye. This Town Hall was a simple unstructured conversation. Our intent was two-fold: first, to share information about how this impacts us and all disabled people; and second, to begin a plan for what SDS can do to help. We talked about what we don’t know and began to form an SDS Covid-19 Action Plan. ZOLA HELP DESK


The Society for Disability Studies is pleased to announce that Robin Roscigno has won the 2019 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies for her paper Semiotic Stalemate: Resisting Restraint and Seclusion through Guattari’s Micropolitics of Desire.  Read about Robin Roscigno, her work, and her paper on the Irving K. Zola Award page.

2021 Membership Drive: The Society for Disability Studies

Membership & Giving Campaign is underway!

Dear SDS community and allies,

Full information about membership benefits and the 2021 dues structure for individuals and organizations can be found via our Membership Drive page.

      • You may customize an Organizational Membership that supports your students, junior colleagues, and constituents. We encourage those of you who have the good fortune to work or study at an institution that pays your membership to consider this option. It comes with formal acknowledgments and opportunities to promote your program.
      • Lifetime Memberships are another impactful way to advance the work of SDS. Consider becoming a lifetime member now at the 2019 dues level.

We also hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation beyond your annual dues payment.  Your gift and dues support SDS's renowned journal Disability Studies Quarterly and make possible a growing range of SDS programs and conference strands. You promote student engagement in the field of disability studies, including the Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar Award and our participation in the SDS@OSU Multiple Perspectives conference in April 2020. SDS hosts a members-only listserv for discussions and announcements, a members-only directory, and our website is in the most accessible format.

Please share this news with your networks—encourage your colleagues, students, friends, and organizations to join and give to the Society for Disability Studies before the match runs out!

Thank you for all you do!
In solidarity,
Joanne Woiak, President

SDS is busy in 2020!

SDS@OSU 2020: Multiple Perspectives Conference

Join SDS at The Ohio State University, April 4-7, 2020!  SDS@OSU 2020 Theme: “Troubling Binaries of Activism and Academics”

The Ohio State University's Multiple Perspectives Conference, April 6-7: Ethel Armstrong Poster Presentations Competition and 2020 Multiple Perspectives Information

SDS is grateful to the OSU ADA Coordinator's Office and the OSU Department of English for their continued support and collaboration.

SDS 2019 Awards

The Awards & Nominations Committee received an overwhelming response to the 2019 calls for applications for the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies, and the SDS Senior Scholar Award.

SDS@SfAA 2021: Society for Applied Anthropology Conference

SDS Members Pam Block, Elaine Gerber, Narelle Warren, and SDS Executive Director Devva Kasnitz are organizing another SDS Strand of sessions and Town Hall at the SfAA annual meeting, March 2021.  In 2019 we had over 30 disability studies presenters at SfAA in Portland, Oregon. See the SfAA website for details about the meeting, and watch this space for the SDS Strand program. A benefit of SDS membership is that our Members can register for the SfAA conference at reduced rates.