REQUEST for PROPOSALS: Society for Disability Studies Seeks Conference Locations 2009, 2010

Posted on 25 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

The Society for Disability Studies is seeking conference locations for 2009 and 2010. They are particularly interested in finding an international location for at least one of those years, probably 2010.

The full Request For Proposals (RFP) is provided below. SDS has asked that people should please feel free to circulate widely. Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to contact Dr. Elaine Gerber directly at (NOT We Can Do).

Dr. Elaine Gerber is the President of the Society for Disability Studies and is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University.

Society for Disability Studies
Disability in Scholarship, Activism, & the Arts


Society for Disability Studies seeks locations for
Annual Conference 2009
Annual Conference 2010

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is requesting proposals from institutions/organizations interested in hosting our annual conference in 2009 or in 2010. We are considering both national & international locations and either university or hotel venues. The conference generally draws between 300-400 people; sites must have sufficient access to accommodate many disabled participants. Proposals must be received by September 15, 2008.

Proposals should include:

1. Candidate(s) statement describing why site should be chosen as meeting location. In describing advantages, please include information about the following, if possible:

  • presence of local disability community & level of interest in hosting SDS
  • presence of educational institution(s) with Disability Studies programs & status of these programs
  • presence of accessible venues of adequate size for professional meetings & off-site events
  • affordability of location; costs
  • status of hotels with accessible rooms and degree of accessible transportation to/from location

2. What local resources are available to insure full, high quality access to the conference? Please describe level of commitment from key stakeholders at educational institution(s) and/or advocacy group(s) towards providing these resources.

3. What additional information would you like us to know?

Please submit all proposals and queries to Elaine Gerber, President SDS, at:

You may also consult the official SDS web site at:

Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating this notice.

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13 Responses to “REQUEST for PROPOSALS: Society for Disability Studies Seeks Conference Locations 2009, 2010”

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Can Kenyan NGOs apply?

I am really pleased that i found such information on the web. This is a very good thing as it helps sensitize the world about what is happening.
Bravo, keep on the good work!

l am a disabled person, l wish to be informed at all time about the conferences suitably okay for people
with disabilities to attend.l hold a bachelor degree in
sociology from nigeria.please l would be very
happy if you did.THANKS

please about this proposal can people from Africa take part.
also up datre me on any confernces.

hello,donot be tired,please tell me about future conferece in sociology

Got to see the website today. We have organised several national and international conferences , workshops, etc and are intersted in applying for the same. We have needed infrastructure and other facilities too .

need to fiend the free available hiv\aids training in2010 and Have VCT training from Kenya support by Jica

I am Andrea Shettle, editor of the We Can Do blog where you recently left a comment. (Your comment is included below.)

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Apologies for using a form letter. We Can Do is operated entirely by one person –me. And I do this entirely in my own free time, outside of my many other activities, with zero budget. Consequently, I have limited time for responding to individual inquiries.

Thank you, and good luck with your endeavors,

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Hi, i am Anjonga Emmanuel the Administrative Assistant of Bamenda Coordinating Center for Studies in Disabilities and Rehabilitation. we are planning for our annual Bamenda conference on disability and rehabilitation. i don’t know if it is late for you to get invovled. please reply me and keep me informed.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We greet you for the first time.We are young women fighting against hiv aids in africa.We want be want be a
collaborating partner with you.We also want to
form part of your up coming program.


Bro.Francis l.Roberts IV

i am project manager for tot disabled empowerment network. keiyo kenya and we would like to patner with you to support disable and poor people in remote parts of kenya

Hi i am kipsat from keiyo kenya patron tot disabilty empowerment network welcoming you to visit us so that we can share ideas and how best we can benefit from each other

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