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Application Deadline: Disability History Association Public Disability History Award

May 1

The Disability History Association (DHA) is now accepting applications for the fourth biennial (every two years) award that recognizes public disability history projects. This $200 award spotlights projects that exemplify DHA’s mission to foster expansive historical studies of disability and disabled people. Projects may take various forms, including—but not limited to—publications, documentary films, digital projects, exhibitions, or public programs such as an educational workshop on disability history. This award recognizes excellent disability history work intended primarily for broad audiences (not academic audiences) and is meant to further the project’s reach and goals.

Anyone may apply to be considered for the award or recommend or nominate another person’s project. Membership in DHA is encouraged but not required for consideration. Community-anchored and community-led disability history projects, completed within the last two years, are especially welcomed for consideration. Academic partnerships are not required. Projects may address any and all time periods and geographic regions. If the project is not originally conveyed in written English, a full translation will need to be provided.

TO APPLY visit the DHA Public Disability History Award page for additional details about project criteria, evaluation, and use of award. Submit the following materials by May 1 to 2024 Public Disability History Co-Chair Anne Parsons, AEPARSON@uncg.edu:

  1. A cover sheet or letter briefly introducing the project and the nomination packet contents you are submitting
  2. A narrative (200-1,000 words) that includes:
    • A description of the public history project that addresses its goals, format(s), connections to disability history and public history, and the process for completing the project. The description should clearly address project criteria listed above
    • An overview of how the project was made physically and/or programmatically accessible
    • An explanation as to how the DHA award money will be used for the project
    • A list of primary collaborators and participants, noting their affiliations (if any) and roles

You are not expected to provide a longer explanation but may exceed these general parameters (200-1,000 words) if needed.

3. Supporting documentation related to the project such as but not limited to:

  • Media coverage about the project
  • Copies of public feedback about the project4. Supporting letters from colleagues, community members, etc., may be requested of award finalists.