Early Hearing Campaign Honored ASHA received the prestigious Summit Award for its efforts in the area of newborn hearing screening at a gala ceremony in September, hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, D.C. The Summit Award—given to only six organizations in the nation—is ASAE’s highest honor, and recognizes associations ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   November 01, 2007
Early Hearing Campaign Honored
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ASHA News   |   November 01, 2007
Early Hearing Campaign Honored
The ASHA Leader, November 2007, Vol. 12, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.12152007.3
The ASHA Leader, November 2007, Vol. 12, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.12152007.3
ASHA received the prestigious Summit Award for its efforts in the area of newborn hearing screening at a gala ceremony in September, hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in Washington, D.C. The Summit Award—given to only six organizations in the nation—is ASAE’s highest honor, and recognizes associations for their innovative community-based programs.
“We are deeply honored by this wonderful recognition by ASAE for ASHA’s early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) campaign,” said ASHA President Noma Anderson, who accepted the award along with ASHA Executive Director Arlene Pietranton at the eighth annual Summit Awards dinner at the National Building Museum.
“It helps to validate that we have indeed reached a ‘summit’ in terms of our campaign, and have done so while improving something that couldn’t be more important—the health of our nation’s youngest children,” Anderson continued. “This award is a tribute to the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology, all of our members, and the work they do every day.”
ASHA led the coalition of more than 30 national associations that developed and implemented the national EHDI campaign, which has produced significant results. Since newborn hearing screening began in the late 1990s, the reported number of infants screened at birth has increased from 22% in 1999 to roughly 95% today. In addition, the number of states that have EHDI laws or statewide voluntary programs has more than quadrupled.
“ASHA’s EHDI campaign is truly a collaborative initiative by members, volunteer leaders, and national office staff to promote newborn hearing screening and intervention policies throughout the United States,” Pietranton said. “Our efforts have had a substantial positive impact on the health of newborns.”
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