Information About the IFA

Last revised September 2020

Clinician Award (2 awards):

To recognize the often unsung heroics of a specialist clinician OR a non-specialist clinician who works to provide innovative and effective services for people with fluency disorders and their families. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated either or both of the following:
• High standards of therapeutic work with people with fluency disorders, and/or
• High standards of care within the context of limited resources or other constraints.
Nominations may be supported by narratives from clients/families, speech and language clinicians and/or user groups.
The Proposer and Nominee need to be members of the IFA.
Knowledge Development and Innovation Award:
To recognize the accomplishments of an individual or group whose insightful and rigorous work has: • Facilitated new understandings of fluency and fluency disorders,
• Demonstrated innovation in the field of fluency disorders,
• Led to an increase in services offered to people with fluency disorders and their families, and/or • Led to fresh approaches to working with people with fluency disorders and/or their families. Nominations will be supported by a description of the specific innovation or development and may be submitted by colleagues or clients/families.
Supporter(s) of People with Fluency Disorders Award:
To recognize the efforts of an individual or group who has made a unique contribution to individuals with fluency disorders, provided services to the community of people with fluency disorders, and/or increased public awareness of fluency disorders and related services. Nominations will be supported by a description of the specific contribution and could be submitted by those working in the field of fluency disorders, people with fluency disorders and their families, self-help group members, and/or others from the community.

Consumer Award:

To recognize an individual or group of people with fluency disorders whose tireless efforts and often unique and creative activities have promoted the interests of all people with fluency disorders and their families. Nominations will be supported by a biography with reference to awareness-raising activities and could be submitted by those working in the field of fluency disorders, people with fluency disorders and their families, or self-help group members.

Unsung Hero Award:

To recognize the heroic actions of an individual from the community of people with fluency disorders, parent or partner of a person with a fluency disorder, teacher who has supported a child with a fluency disorder, or the like. Nominations of speech and language clinicians would not be included here; the Clinician Award would be more appropriate in this instance. Nominations will be supported by a description of the specific actions that would lead to the identification as a “Hero”. Nominations are open to submission by any person from the community of people with fluency disorders.

Lifetime Achievement Award (Exceptional):

The Awards, Nominations and Elections Committee seeks nominations for an award in this exceptional category. This award is NOT expected to be gifted in every round of awards. This award would be given to an individual who, throughout his or her professional career, has made a difference to the discipline itself and people with fluency disorders. The contribution to the field should be significant and extensive. Nominations will be supported by a biography and would have the endorsement of several different persons (i.e., educators, students, individuals with fluency disorders, parents, clinicians, researchers, etc.).
The Proposer and Nominee need to be members of the IFA.

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JFD

Journal of Fluency DisordersBrowse the current issue
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The official journal of the International Fluency Association
IFA Members receive online access to JFD as a member benefit.

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