Awards Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Contributions, Achievements Joey McIntyre to Receive “Annie” ASHA Convention Coverage
ASHA Convention Coverage  |   August 01, 2010
Awards Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Contributions, Achievements
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   August 01, 2010
Awards Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Contributions, Achievements
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 25. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC6.15092010.25
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 25. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC6.15092010.25
As part of its annual tribute to leaders in communication sciences and disorders, ASHA will present awards for outstanding contributions and achievements at a ceremony at the ASHA Convention on Fri., Nov. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Honors and Fellows
A highlight of the ceremony is the presentation of the Honors of the Association to 10 ASHA members. ASHA’s most prestigious award recognizes a record of exceptional lifetime achievement.
Nineteen ASHA Fellows will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the professions.
Other awards to be presented include the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs, Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications, Editors’ Awards, The ASHA Leader Awards, Distinguished Service Award, Early Career Contributions in Research Awards, and the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Honors and Editor’s Awards.
A full listing of award winners will appear in the Nov. 2 issue of The ASHA Leader. Information also is available on ASHA’s awards website.
“Annie” Award

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Joey McIntyre, who joined the band “New Kids on the Block” in the mid-1980s as a 12-year-old singing sensation, will receive the Annie Glenn Award.
The prestigious award, named for the wife of Sen. John Glenn, is given to an individual who demonstrates Annie Glenn’s tireless efforts to build public awareness on behalf of those with communication disorders. McIntyre is being recognized for his efforts since the December 2009 birth of his son, Rhys, who failed his newborn hearing screening. Follow-up tests indicated that Rhys has severe hearing loss.
McIntyre is now a solo artist and performs in the New Kids’ reunion tours. He also played the role of Fiyero in the Broadway production of “Wicked,” has appeared in several movies, and played the role of Colin Flynn on the FOX show “Boston Public.” He and his wife spoke with People magazine (April 5, 2010) about their lives since discovering their son’s hearing loss. Rhys was fitted for bilateral hearing aids at 1 month old, and he receives weekly speech-language treatment.
ASHA member Sylvia Rotfleisch, an audiologist who provides Rhys with auditory-verbal therapy, is quoted in the article: “You put his hearing aids in, and his little eyes just widen. He’s so tuned in.” In the weekly therapy sessions, Rhys’ parents hold him and make particular sounds to elicit coos and other noises. And, according to the article, Rhys’ development is age-appropriate; McIntyre is quoted as saying “his hearing aids make a huge difference.”
“We are pleased that Sen. and Mrs. Glenn will join us at the ASHA Convention to present the Annie Glenn Award,” Tommie Robinson Jr., ASHA president, said. “This year’s recipient of the ‘Annie’ is a young man who represents thousands of parents facing the reality of their child’s hearing loss. Joey McIntyre and his wife, Barrett, are striving not only to help their son Rhys by working with audiologists and speech-language pathologists but also to encourage other parents facing similar challenges.”
The “Annie” has been presented since 1987, first at the National Council of Communications and Disorders Awards event, and beginning in 2002, at the ASHA Convention. The first “Annie” was presented to James Earl Jones; last year’s recipient was Vice President Joseph Biden. Other recipients, all of whom demonstrate tremendous personal strength and use that strength to benefit others, include Julie Andrews, Bob and Lee Woodruff, Mick Fleetwood, Jane Seymour, and Bob Love.
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