Governance Committee Report

The Board of the Disability History Association (DHA) released the DHA Governance Committee Report on the Fall 2023 Discussion Sessions About the Next DHA President and the Future of the DHA. You can read the report in full as a pdf here. You can report the report in full as a word doc here. Thank you to all who participated!

DHA 2023 Annual Report

The Board of The Disability History Association (DHA) is proud to release its 2023 Annual Report. You can access the report in its entirely here: PDF here and the Word Doc here. See our past president’s message below.

Past President’s Message

In the spring of 2022, the Board of Directors started two lists. The first was devoted to naming the people whose creativity and generosity, particularly since 2020, had allowed the DHA to become. The second became a repository of hope, a space to hold the futures we imagined for the DHA. Both documents continue to reside in the DHA’s informal archive.

As mundane tools for remembering, these lists epitomize the ordinary and the uneventful in the life of our organization. But they also represent the work of governance in which the Board of Directors quietly engages: determining a present course of action that mediates between the past and the present, between what the DHA has been and what it might yet become.

This work seems particularly apt now, as 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the DHA’s inaugural board meeting. There is so much to celebrate. The pages that follow — showcasing the extraordinary creativity of our members, interns, committees, and directors — are evidence of that abundance. The DHA, thanks to all of us, is strong.

– Katheen Brian, former Disability History Association President

You can access the report in its entirely here: PDF here and the Word Doc here.

Outstanding Article or Book Chapter Award, 2020 – Due May 15, 2020

The Disability History Association (DHA) promotes the relevance of disability to broader historical enquiry and facilitates research, conference travel, and publication for scholars engaged in any field of disability history. 

The Disability History Association takes pleasure in inviting entries for the Article / Book Chapter Award, part of its 9th Annual Outstanding Publication Award that also includes a separate Book Award. 

In calling for article and edited collection book chapter submissions for the 2020 award, the award committee welcomes entries that feature new and original history of disability scholarship. To be considered, submissions MUST have significant historical content.

The award is open to authors writing across all geographic areas and time periods. The publication must be in English, and with first publication taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2019. We are conscious that some journals publish an electronic advance copy of articles that can appear a considerable time before the print copy is published; we also recognize that some journals are running behind schedule so that, for example, an article published in October 2019 might actually appear in a 2018 edition. First publication is the key criteria, but we will endeavor to be sympathetic in cases of “behind schedule” publication. If you feel that your proposed submission should be considered, but might be at risk of disqualification by definitions of “first publication,” please email for adjudication by the Awards Committee.     

The amount of the award is $200 for first place and $100 for honorable mention.

All submissions should be sent to the award committee, via Iain Hutchison, no later than May 15, 2020. One electronic (.pdf or .doc) copy of the article or book chapter to be sent to: Dr Iain Hutchison, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow; iain.hutchison@glasgow.ac.uk.

In the interest of modeling best practice in the field of disability history, we require that the publisher/author provide an electronic copy in text-based .pdf or .doc file compatible with screen reading software for the review committee. We understand that copyright rules apply, and we will only use the electronic copy for the purposes of the DHA Outstanding Publication Award. Manuscripts not provided in accessible electronic formats for screen reading software in a timely manner cannot be considered for the prize.

Please include the full bibliographic citation of your submission in the Chicago Manual of Style format.

The Disability History Association Board plans to announce the recipients of the DHA Outstanding Publication Award in September 2020.

Members of the DHA Board are not eligible for the award.

Click here to download this announcement as a word doc or pdf.

Autumn 2019 newsletter

Our Autumn 2019 Newsletter, edited by Disability History Association Board Member Iain Hutchison, is out! Download a pdf of the newsletter here, and visit our archives by clicking here. If or when you have updates to share with other members, please do send them to disability.history@gmail.com so that we are able to include them in the next edition.

PUBLIC DISABILITY HISTORY AWARD -Applications Due Dec. 20, 2019

Did you complete a public disability history project in the last two years? Was it a community-anchored or community-led project designed with physical and programmatic accessibility in mind?

Apply now to win a new cash award sponsored by the Disability History Association. 

Visit our web site(https://dishist.org) to learn more about project criteria. Applicants must currently be members of the Disability History Association. You can join or renew your membership here

Submit a cover letter, project description, and other supporting materials such as media coverage to Nicole Belolan, Award Chair and Disability History Association Secretary, by December 20, 2019, at nbelolan@gmail.com. Questions about the application process are welcome and encouraged. Award will be announced in February 2020.

To learn more about how to make your public disability history work accessible, check out our resource library.

Please help spread the word. You can find additional promotional materials at: https://dishist.org/?page_id=1230. Please help us spread the word!