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2017 State Clinical Achievement Awards and Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

Note: These 2017 guidelines are available to serve as a reference. Nomination guidelines and submission instructions are updated each year. The new guidelines will be available in early 2018.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) invites all State Speech-Language-Hearing Associations to participate in the 2017 State 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.

2017 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 2017 State Clinical Achievement Award winner. State associations are asked to establish the mechanisms for determining their nominees, but are advised to recognize recent achievement based on criteria for selection of the DiCarlo Award recipient.

2017 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 2017 State Clinical Achievement Award Winners, one individual will be chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement. That person will receive a recognition plaque and an award of $2,000 to further the work upon which the award is based. The recipient of the DiCarlo Award will be announced and recognized at the November 2017 ASHA Convention in Los Angeles, California.

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 accomplishments 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, an innovative urban service delivery program, new clinical research, a training video addressing an unmet need, a multicultural parent training program, a unique hospital program, and 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 nominee 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 10 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.
    5. Evidence of support for the nomination through letters, statements, and/or other supporting materials.


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 margins of at least one inch. The Nomination Narrative should be single spaces and will be limited to not more than ten (10) pages. Any letters of support or other (additional) supporting materials will be counted as part of the total 10-page limit. Any page(s) exceeding the limitation will be removed before circulation to the Review Panel.

Submission Procedures

No extensions will be granted beyond the April 7 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 [email protected].

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