Honors of the Association

This award is the highest Honor of the Association.  This award is a one-time / life-time award that recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of Speech, Language and Hearing.

OSLHA recognizes up to two (2) recipients for the one-time/life-time award annually. Recipients of this award are recognized for distinguished and significant lifetime contributions to and leadership in the field of speech, language, and hearing through clinical practice, teaching, research, administration and/or legislative activity. Individuals must have practiced in the profession for a minimum of 10 years. The recipient shall be a current member in good standing who has already been awarded the OSLHA Fellow Award. An exception to the above would be: an in-state or out-of-state professional who is not an OSLHA member, but who the Association feels is worthy of Honors because the person has provided exceptional service to the professions of speech-language pathology and the clients we serve.

Nominations must include the following information about the nominees and Support documents must include information from at least 3 of the 5 following areas:

1. Research and/or publications contributing basic or applied knowledge of the profession,
2. Teaching in Communication Sciences & Disorders,
3. Clinical services to children/adults with communication disorders,
4. Service to OSLHA and/or affiliates,
5. Specific achievement within the profession

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: December 15 Annually

Fellow of the Association 

This award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding professional service and/or scientific achievement.  A nominee must have been an individual who has practiced in the profession for a minimum of 5 years. Fellowship may be given for a significant single contribution or for a series of contributions.  This award is a one-time / life-time award.

OSLHA awards up to four (4) Fellow recipients annually.  This award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding professional service and/or scientific achievement. A nominee must be an individual who has practiced in the profession for a minimum of 5 years. The recipient shall be a current OSLHA member in good standing. Fellowship may be given for a significant single contribution or for a series of contributions. Supporting documentation may consist of any of the following areas:

1. Innovative teaching techniques or innovative curriculum development,
2. Innovative clinical techniques or clinical programs,
3. Innovative supervisor techniques or supervisory programming,
4. Outstanding contributor to literature or research,
5. Service to OSLHA including service on committees, the Executive Board, Legislative Council, or in other significant areas,
6. Outstanding administrative abilities

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: December 15 Annually

Elwood Chaney Outstanding Clinician Award

This award recognizes an individual’s significant accomplishments in the advancement of clinical practice and service in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.  The single nominee who will be receiving this award annually will also be chosen as the state of Ohio’s nominee for consideration for the Louis M. DiCarlo State Clinical Achievement Award selected by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHF) at the ASHA convention.

Nominees must be OSLHA Active or Life members in good standing. Nominees are not limited to any particular type of clinical achievement or activity, however, their achievement or activity must have taken place within the last 6 years.

The following information is considered when nominating an individual for this award and support documents must include information from at least three areas below:

1. Membership and involvement in a local or state organization,
2. Achievement with a single client or group of clients,
3. A specific clinical service or training program,
4. A specific achievement in a state or local organization or government agency activity,
5. A specific accomplishment in clinical teaching, research or administration,
6. Innovative contributions to work setting

Submissions should identify the a.) year(s) of recent, specific achievement(s), b.) significance/impact of those activities and c.) advanced knowledge in the area of clinical practice.

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: December 15 Annually

Nancy Bailey Award of Appreciation

This award is presented to individuals, agencies, businesses, or organizations in recognition of significant contributions that have enhanced OSLHA’s ability to serve its membership or to enrich the lives of the communicatively impaired.  This award may recognize a member or non-member for dedication in either a broad or focused area of service.  This award is in the form of a plaque that is presented during the Business/Awards Luncheon ceremony held at our annual convention.  The Award of Appreciation was established in 2001 and first awarded in 2002.  It was renamed in 2013 in honor of long-serving and passionately dedicated OSLHA Executive Director, Nancy Bailey, who retired in late 2013.

This award is presented to up to three (3) individuals, agencies, businesses, or organizations in recognition of significant contributions that have enhanced OSLHA’s ability to serve its membership or to enrich the lives of the communicatively impaired. This award may recognize a member or non-member for dedication in either a broad or focused area of service. The following information is considered when selecting the recipient(s) of this award:

1. Contributions to OSLHA’s ability to serve its membership or to enrich the lives of the communicatively impaired must be considered significant;
2. Contribution can be demonstrated as a single, significant event or may be considered significant because of a series of events or longstanding contributions.

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: December 15 Annually

Advocacy Recognition Award

This award recognizes those Speech or Hearing students or professionals who go above and beyond their regular job duties to advocate for a patient, patient population or professional cause. Don’t let their efforts go unrecognized! Approved nominations will be highlighted quarterly in our Communication Matters Newsletter and a single annual winner will be selected from approved nominations to receive formal recognition and an award plaque at our annual convention held in Columbus in March.

Our 2017 award recipient was Grace Speaks, a non-profit founded by Dr. Todd and Nicole Leslie.  This organization was founded based on a personal need to pursue affordable speech therapy for their daughter, Grace.  Funding is secured through charitable contributions and fundraising events and has expanded to provide affordable speech therapy for numerous families with children who have special needs. Through a collaborative effort with Bowling Green State University, services can be offered to clientele, at the Grace Speaks facility, by graduate students who use this opportunity to expand their clinical knowledge and skills, making it a win-win situation for everyone!

Eligible Nominees must be:

  1. An SLP, Audiologist or SLP/Audiology student in Ohio
  2. An OSLHA Member in good standing
  3. In good standing with the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  4. Have demonstrated an incident where they went above and beyond their job to advocate for a patient or professional cause
  5. Able to demonstrate a positive outcome as a result of their advocacy effort(s)
NOMINATIONS ARE ACCEPTED FOR THIS AWARD YEAR-ROUND!
NOMINATIONS DEADLINES: See Above!
NOMINATIONS
Each nomination for an OSLHA award must be submitted by a “Lead” nominator and have 2 additional letters of support.  Send the Below Information and support letters to the Awards & Recognition’s Committee via e-mail.
NAME OF AWARD:
NAME OF NOMINEE:
NOMINEE’S ADDRESS:
CITY/STATE/ZIP:
PHONE:
E-MAIL:
CURRENT POSITION(S):
PREVIOUS POSITION(S):
EDUCATION:
CERTIFICATION:
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND NUMBER OF YEARS:
LOCAL CONTRIBUTIONS/OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS
(including a description of the efforts & the measurable outcome/results):
TWO ADDITIONAL LETTERS OF SUPPORT:
Name of Lead Nominator:
Nominator Contact Information:


We encourage you to submit your nomination and (2) documents of support to:

OSLHA Awards & Recognition’s Committee
OSLHAoffice@ohioslha.org