Welcome to the Society for Disability Studies

SDS is a lively scholarly association of more than 400 artists, scholars and activists who promote Disability Studies, recognizing disability as a complex and valuable aspect of human experience. (read more)

We have a new website

Sept 24, 2016 - We are very excited to introduce it to you: New SDS Site. It will be a few days before this site shuts down. There is updated information on the new site. Please do check it out.

SDS Annual Awards!

Aug 24, 2016 - Congratulations to the winners of the Emerging Scholars and Senior Scholar awards, announced here.

SDS Annual General Membership Meeting

The virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 5:00-6:30pm Eastern Time. Please click here for the meeting login and to view the preliminary agenda.

Election results

Aug 4, 2016 - After a lively election period, we have five winning candidates for the Board of Directors: Brenda Brueggemann, Kate Caldwell, Anita Ghai, Carol Goldin, and Karen Nakamura. Thank you to all the nominees and to everyone who voted this year. Click here for the full announcement.

An Update from the SDS Board of Directors

July 27, 2016 - Please click here to read the latest news about SDS: debt settlement and annual membership meeting.

It's time for SDS elections

July 11, 2016 - We have 17 wonderful nominees for positions on the Board of Directors! Please click here to cast your vote through July 31, 2016. The call for nominations was posted here.

Executive Office is moving!

As of July 2016, the SDS Executive Office has relocated to Eureka, CA.
Please bear with us as we work to update the website to reflect the new office location.

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: info@disstudies.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.

SDS Town Hall Meeting

The SDS Town Hall Meeting was held (virtually) on Wednesday, May 25, 4:30-6pm Eastern Time. Click here for detailed information about the meeting and to access meeting notes.

Call for Nominations: 2016 Irving K. Zola and Senior Scholar Awards

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is pleased to announce the opening of the call for nominations for the 2016 Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies and the 2016 SDS Senior Scholar Award.

For detailed information for the Irving K. Zola Award, please click here.

For detailed information for the SDS Senior Scholar Award, please click here.

Phoenix 2016 Conference: An Important Message from the SDS Board of Directors

Feb. 22, 2016 - Please click here to read the full text of this announcement.
To the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) Membership (and our allies everywhere):
It is with great regret, and an earnest sense of responsibility, that we, the Board of Directors of SDS, write to inform you that on Friday, February 19th, we took the difficult step of voting overwhelmingly (ten positive votes and one abstention) to cancel the 2016 SDS conference in Phoenix due to an ongoing and now extreme budgetary crisis.
We took this step based on the counsel of experts in the nonprofit world, and we will be working with these partners to try to ensure a viable future for the organization. Like you, we consider SDS to be a vital resource for disability studies in the U.S. and around the world. Click here for more.

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.

For more information about the SDS Speaker & Performer Roster, click here