HLAA Awards Program

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HLAA Awards Program

Be Part of Honoring HLAA’s Finest!
DECEMBER 4, 2015

HLAA will honor outstanding individuals, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations, companies, and organizations at the HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 26, at the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony. Some awards are presented at our other convention events, but the main attraction is the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony. In addition to the awards, recognitions are given during the Awards Breakfast to outgoing chapter and state leaders, Walk4Hearing participants for leadership roles/program development from proceeds, Founder’s Day, and others when relevant.

Things to Know

  • Individuals nominated must be current HLAA Members. There are three exceptions:
    • Alice Marie Stone Family Involvement
    • National Access
    • Outstanding Employer
  • Nominations that include information closely matched to the specific award criteria explained herein stand the best chance of being selected.
  • A prior year recipient for the same category in subsequent year will not be considered.
  • Not all awards are presented each year.
  • The awards committee reserves the right to select a recipient for another category than the nominee intended if it better fits other award criteria.
  • The executive committee of the Board reserves the right to add an award at any time in addition to what is listed here.


  • Submit the Award Application Form with each award submitted. For example, if you submit five nominations, you will submit five Award Application Forms – one for each award.
  • Awards criteria are found for each award open for nomination by clicking on the award names below.
  • Please submit nominations by email (ONE nomination per email) to awards@hearingloss.org by December 4, 2015. Please note in the subject line:  “Awards:  Name of the Award.” We appreciate all submissions by email because time and geographical constraints makes dissemination to committee members more efficient. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • If you have any questions about the submission process, please send them to awards@hearingloss.org.


There are various award committees depending on the award categories. These committees consist of, but are not limited to, HLAA Chapter and State leadership, Board of Trustees, national staff, community leaders, hearing health care professionals, etc. The committee for general awards is made of up a cross-section of people who have a strong interest in HLAA and/or people with hearing loss. The Board of Trustees awards are chosen by the executive committee of the Board of Trustees.

There are two awards that are not open for public nomination: the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award which is given to a former Board member and is chosen by the Board of Trustees from a recommendation from a Board-appointed Rocky Stone Committee; and, the James B. Snow, Jr., M.D., Award which is chosen by the executive committee of the Board from nominations submitted by previous recipients of this award.

Nominations are held confidential and will not be discussed outside of committees.


Award recipients will be notified by mail in January 2016. If recipients are able to attend the HLAA Convention to receive their award, they are offered the early-bird registration discount which expires January 31, 2016. (A registration form will accompany the award letter.)

Of those who submitted nominations and their nominee was not selected will receive a letter stating so by the end of January 2016. If your candidate was not selected, please consider submitting nominations in subsequent years.

Nominations are Accepted for the Awards Listed Below 


Chapters and states are encouraged to submit awards on their own behalf.

Nancy Wessner Outstanding State Chapter Coordinator
Newsletter – Chapter and State – These are two separate awards.
Outstanding HLAA Chapter on a Mission
Phoenix – Chapter and State
Professional Advisor Support – Chapter and State
Social Media – NEW!
State Association or State Office
Up and Coming Chapter – (Less than two years old) – NEW!
Website – Chapter and State


Some of these awards pertain to chapters and states, please read the descriptions for each.

Alice Marie Stone Family Involvement
Community Service
Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign
HLAA Service
Marcia Dugan Advocacy
Outstanding Young Adult
Parent Involvement
Spirit of HLAA

BOARD OF TRUSTEES AWARDS (toward end of package)

These awards generally are open to nomination only by HLAA Chapters and State Organizations, HLAA current members, and staff of the national office. In some cases, people can self-nominate or it’s open to all (indicated with the award description). The recipients will be selected by the executive committee of the Board of Trustees.

Advocacy Hall of Fame
National Access
Outstanding Employer
Walter T. Ridder
Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award (not open)
James B. Snow, Jr., M.D. (not open)

HLAA Mission

Hearing Loss Association of America opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy.

Previous Award Recipients

See the 2015 list of award recipients.