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2014 State Clinical Achievement Awards and Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

Call for Nominations

Deadline for Nominations: April 4, 2014

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) invites all State Speech-Language-Hearing Associations to participate in the 2014 Clinical Achievement Awards program.

State Clinical Achievement Award recipients and the DiCarlo Award recipient will be chosen for advancement of knowledge in clinical practice as evidenced by significant recent accomplishment within the past six years in audiology and/or speech-language pathology.

2014 ASHFoundation State Clinical Achievement Awards

Each state association is asked to select one individual from within the state to receive an award for demonstrated contributions to the advancement of knowledge in clinical practice in audiology or speech-language pathology within the last six years. That individual named by the state association will receive a certificate from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and will be named the 2014 State Clinical Achievement Award Winner. State associations are asked to establish the mechanisms by which their nominees are determined, but are advised to recognize recent achievement based on criteria for selection of the DiCarlo Award recipient.

2014 Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

The DiCarlo Award is a memorial recognition of Louis M. DiCarlo who had a long and distinguished clinical career in communication sciences and disorders before his death in 1996 at the age of 93.

From among all the 2014 State Clinical Achievement Award Winners, one individual will be chosen as the recipient of the 2014 Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement. That person will receive a recognition plaque and a grant of $1,500 to further the work upon which the award is based. The recipient of the 2014 DiCarlo Award will be announced and recognized at the November 2014 ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Nominees are not limited to any one type of clinical achievement or activity and past nominees are eligible. However, the achievement must be specific, well-defined, and clearly within the time limit of the last six years. Eligible activities or accomplishments for which an individual might receive the DiCarlo Award include, but are not restricted to, the following examples.

  • A single achievement with a client or group of clients.
  • A specific clinical service or training program.
  • A specific achievement in a state or local organization or government agency activity.
  • A specific accomplishment in clinical teaching, research or administration.

Note: The DiCarlo Award is not a general lifetime award, nor is it for general accomplishment over a six-year period. Nominations must be framed on a single, specific, well-defined achievement in order to meet award eligibility.

Past recognized projects included: a new treatment technique; innovative urban service delivery program; new clinical research; a training video addressing an unmet need; a multicultural parent training program; a unique hospital program; a successful state legislative initiative.

View past DiCarlo Award recipients and their achievements.

Nomination Requirements

All nominations for the State Clinical Achievement Award and thereafter the DiCarlo Award must be submitted through the online submission system. For instructions on how to start your nomination, please see the Submission Procedures below. Since the Review Panel is dependent upon the information provided, it is important that the required nomination materials are prepared carefully. Absence of requested information will automatically exclude any potential candidate for consideration.

Nominators must complete the online Nomination and Summary Form and upload the prepared Nomination Narrative, according to the instructions provided.

  1. Nomination and Summary Form (online)
    For this form on the online submission system, nominators will be asked to provide the following information:
    1. Nominee's contact information
    2. Nominator's contact information
    3. Recent Achievement: Identify the year(s) of recent, specific achievement, which must be within the last six years. The nominator must give the rationale if more than one year relates to the recent achievement.
    4. Summary Statement: In three sentences or less, state why this individual was selected as your state nominee.
    5. Selection Process: Describe the state association's process for selecting the state nominee and preparing the nomination.

  2. Nomination Narrative (one PDF file, limit 9 pages)
    The nominator should prepare the Nomination Narrative (addressed to the Review Panel) to explain the rationale for why the individual is a candidate for the award. This narrative text should include the following A–D section headers:
    1. Identification and description of the outstanding clinical achievement.
      (Include information on when and where the specific achievement took place.)
    2. Description of the significance of the recent achievement.
    3. Explanation of how the nominee's actions have advanced knowledge in the area of clinical practice.
    4. Explanation of the nominee's role in the achievement.


All sections of the Nomination Narrative must be uploaded as ONE sequential PDF file. Font size should be set at 12 point, non-compressed font with martins of at least one inch. The Nomination Narrative should be single spaces and will be limited to not more than nine (9) pages. Any letters of support or other (additional) supporting materials will be counted as part of the total 9-page limit. Any page(s) exceeding the limitation will be removed before circulation to the Review Panel.

Submission Procedures

Nominations for the 2014 State Clinical Achievement Awards and the 2014 DiCarlo Award will be accepted from state associations between now and April 4, 2014. In order to submit a nomination for this award, please take the following steps:

  • E-mail and include "2014 DiCarlo Nomination" in the subject line and include your ASHA membership number, if applicable, in the body of the e-mail.
  • Within 24 business hours you will receive a reply e-mail providing the link to the DiCarlo Award Nomination Site.
  • Once the link for the DiCarlo Award Nomination Site is provided, complete the online Nomination and Summary Form and upload your prepared Nomination Narrative (one PDF file).

No extensions will be granted beyond the April 4 deadline. Confirmation that your submission has been received will be sent by e-mail.

Please direct questions to the ASHFoundation Program Administrator at 301-296-8703 or

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