ISHA Honors and Awards
Honors of the Association
Recipients of Honors of the Association from the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association will have actively participated and made significant contributions to the professions of speech-language pathology or audiology. This award is intended to be the highest honor of the Association. The recipient shall be a current member chosen from the ISHA College of Fellows. The award may be made to one who has practiced within the professions for a minimum of 15 years and is considered by peers to have made distinguished contributions to the professions. If should usually be awarded toward the end of an individual's career although the quality of the achievements and their impact upon the professions are considered of greater significance than the length of service. Upon review of documentation, the Honors Committee shall forward recommendations to the Executive Board for action. Approval by at least 75 percent of the Executive Board shall be required for the presentation of Honors.
Illinois Clinical Achievement Award
ISHA's Illinois Clinical Achievement Award recognizes an individual's significant accomplishments in the advancement of clinical service in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.
Recipients are nominated by each state speech-language-hearing association to be considered for the ASHA Foundation Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement.
ISHA Fellowship Awards recognize individuals who have provided outstanding service within the profession and the state of Illinois. A nominee must have been active in the profession and ISHA for at least five years. Fellows may be nominated by any ISHA member in good standing.
Exemplary School Award
The Exemplary School Award is awarded:
- To give visible recognition to outstanding speech-language or audiology programs in the Illinois schools and/or to ISHA professionals involved in exemplary school initiatives in Illinois.
- To promote and share quality professional programs with colleagues in the schools state-wide, and to motivate individuals and departments to enrich their own programs.
- To highlight our profession in the media for positive public relations with the citizens of Illinois, thereby strengthening public support for improving school programs.
Award For Distinguished Contributions -- Special Honors
The Award for Distinguished Contributions -- Special Honors is awarded:
- To recognize and show appreciation of individuals, corporations, institutions, and/or businesses that have made a significant and unique contribution to the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology; to the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association; or to persons who have, or who potentially might have, hearing losses, communicative disorders, or swallowing disorders.
- To increase the visibility of noteworthy activities, as described above, so that other individuals and groups might be motivated to make their own contributions.
- To highlight the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology and the clients we serve in order to increase public understanding of hearing losses, communicative disorders, and swallowing disorders and their prevention and treatment.