(Rockville, MD – June 21, 2010) - On Friday, June 25 the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) will welcome and honor Annie Glenn for her many years of advocacy on behalf of people with communication disorders and for inspiring “The Annie Glenn Award,” an honor ASHA bestows annually to advocates in the tradition of Mrs. Glenn. The most recent recipient of “The Annie Glenn Award” was Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Mrs. Glenn has struggled and shared her experience with a severe stuttering problem for most of her life. Although she does not consider herself “cured,” after working with speech-language pathologists she now speaks more fluently and gives many speeches to support her untiring advocacy work.
On Friday, Annie Glenn and her husband John Glenn will be ASHA’s guests as the “Annie” is permanently displayed in the lobby of ASHA’s National Office. Afterwards, the Glenns will have lunch with ASHA’s Board of Directors.
Mrs. Glenn has presented the “Annie” since 1987 to individuals who know what it’s like living with a communication disorder. In addition to Vice President Biden, past recipients have included Julie Andrews, Bob and Lee Woodruff, Mick Fleetwood, and Jane Seymour.
Annie and Senator John Glenn were honored at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as the “Annie Award,” named after Mrs. Glenn, was put on permanent display at ASHA’s headquarters in Rockville, MD.
“We are privileged to welcome the Glenns to ASHA and for the opportunity to honor Annie Glenn’s work on behalf of the 42 million people with communication disorders,” according to ASHA President Tommie L. Robinson Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP. “Having her award on display henceforth in our National Office will certainly add to the inspiration that she provided for so many for so many years.”
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.