Disability Studies in Nederland was founded in 2009 as a cooperative initiative of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW), the Handicap + Studie foundation and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), in partnership with the Rehabilitation Fund.

DSiN has been an independent foundation since 2012. 

Since 1 july 2015 DSiN has been an official partner organization of the Academy of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD).

DSiN welcomes new (financial) partners.

Organisational structure

The DSiN foundation has a supervisory board, a core team of staff members and several project members. Director / board member is dr. Alice Schippers.

Board members:

Chair: prof. dr. J.J.L. (Jac) van der Klink
Treasurer: Mr. S.J. (Sjoerd) Vegter

Former board members

Prof. dr. Jenny Goldschmidt (until 2018)
Mr. Anton Westerlaken (chair until 2013). 
Drs. Theo Hooghiemstra (board member until 2014)



DSiN has several (internal) staff members, (external) project staff and the endowed Chair in Disability Studies at the Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc, department of Medical Humanities.


portret Alice Schippers
Alice Schippers
portret Annica Brummel
Annica Brummel
Senior researcher
portret Angela Stellaard
Angela Hanse
Financial & administrative secretariat


Project staff

Multiple (external) project staff members are involved in research-, education- and other projects. The names of the persons involved are mentioned at the respective (project)pages at this website.


Prof. dr. Alice Schippers
Endowed Chair in Disability Studies
University of Humanistic Studies, location Utrecht,
Endowed Chairs at UvH