AVI Scholarships

The Daniel Ling Award for Excellence in Research
The Daniel Ling Award for Excellence in Research is given to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism in the study of childhood hearing loss, especially Auditory-Verbal Therapy and its effects on children and their families. This award is given to encourage the publication of research with practical implications for practitioners of Auditory-Verbal Therapy. It is presented to the author(s) of the best article published in a peer-reviewed, refereed journal.

Current Eligibility Criteria

  1. The article must have appeared, or will appear, in print in a refereed journal between May 1, 2002, and December 31, 2003. Refereed journals consist of journals that require submissions to undergo a rigorous process of peer review to gain acceptance for publication.
  2. The article must address some topic relevance to the practice of Auditory-Verbal Therapy. Illustrative areas of concentration might include but are not limited to:

    – Development of audition
    – Spoken language acquisition
    – Cochlear implantation
    – Parent/family intervention
    – Professional training and skill acquisition

  3. All research methodologies will be considered on an equal basis including, for example, case studies, program performance data, single-subject designs, and other quantitative and qualitative investigations.
  4. The article must consider the practice implications of the research findings for professionals in aural habilitation, especially those practicing Auditory-Verbal Therapy.
  5. All materials submitted, including the article, must be in English. Note: articles published in other languages can be submitted but must be translated into English for consideration.

Submission Requirements

    The application must include the following, without exception:

  1. The names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of all authors.
  2. The name and issue of the refereed journal in which the article appeared (or will appear) before December 31, 2003.
  3. The full title of the article and abstract as it was (or will be) published in the article.
  4. Contact information for the editor of the journal (name, address, and telephone number).
  5. Five copies of the printed article.

Submissions must be postmarked by close of business on May 1, 2003, and sent to:

Sara Lake, JD, Executive Director & CEO
Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.®
1390 Chain Bridge Road, #100
McLean, VA 22101

Selection Procedure
The AVI Board of Directors and Executive Director will appoint members of the Research Award Committee to evaluate all submissions and to select a recipient(s).

    All articles will be evaluated in four areas:

  1. Research hypothesis
  2. Research method
  3. Conclusions and implications for practice and practitioners
  4. Presentation of material (clarity and organization)
    The award winner(s) will receive:

  1. Commemorative plaque(s) presented at an awards ceremony during an AVI Biennial International Conference.
  2. Cash prize.
  3. Designated place on the AVI Conference program to present the research (with conference registration paid for one author).
  4. Announcement of the award in The Auricle.

Helen Beebe Award
To honor the memory of an outstanding pioneer in the practice of Auditory Verbal Therapy, Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.® (AVI) established the Helen H. Beebe Award to be presented annually to the candidate who, in the judgment of the Awards and Scholarship Committee, represents the spirit, qualifications and character of the late Auditory-Verbal clinician Helen Beebe.

Definition of the Award:  The name of the person chosen will be inscribed on a permanent plaque to be placed in the AVI office. AVI is currently making available a $1,000 award to the recipient, who is to use the $1,000 for attendance and/or travel to conferences in the Auditory-Verbal approach and/or for further training in the A-V approach. The recipient agrees to furnish proof of such expenses to AVI, which will then furnish reimbursement not to exceed $1,000 for the same. While AVI is currently offering this $1,000 award to accompany the Helen Beebe award, AVI specifically reserves and retains the right to eliminate this financial award as AVI, in its sole discretion, sees fit. If the recipient uses such AVI funds to attend Auditory-Verbal conferences and/or for further A-V training, the recipient expressly agrees to furnish AVI a statement describing the Auditory-Verbal conference or training for an article to appear in The Auricle. AVI also expressly reserves and retains the right to advance the $1,000 only for conferences and/or training which AVI, in its sole discretion, determines is primarily pertaining to Auditory-Verbal Therapy.

Nomination procedure:  Requests for the application materials should be directed to the AVI office. The deadline for nomination is December 31. All material should be sent by December 31 to: 

The Executive Director
Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.®
1390 Chain Bridge Road, #100
McLean, VA 22101


  1. Candidates must be Certified A-V Therapists (Cert. AVTs). (Current AVI Board members are not eligible.)
  2. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding proficiency in Auditory-Verbal Therapy with children who have severe to profound hearing impairments.

Application requirements:  Candidates must submit all required elements as shown on
the application form.

AVI to Award Scholarship in Honor of Doreen Pollack
AVI welcomes applications for a scholarship that assists professionals in learning about the Auditory-Verbal approach. A $1,000 scholarship, to be awarded annually, may be applied to university courses in Auditory-Verbal education or to short-term, continuing education at a recognized A-V center. The criteria for applications are as follows:

  1. Candidates must be graduates or postgraduates of a program in communication disorders, and a member of AVI, Inc.
  2. Applications must include:
  • A current job description.
  • If not currently employed, a statement about how this training will help to secure a position in an A-V program.
  • A letter of recommendation from an employer, supervisor, or previous university professor attesting to character, potential talents as an A-V therapist, and a commitment to the A-V philosophy.
  • A financial statement explaining the need for financial assistance and how it will benefit one’s career. 

If accepted for a scholarship, candidates are expected to give AVI a statement describing the training experience which will be used in an article about the scholarship winner in The Auricle.

Applications should be sent by August 1 to:

Executive Director
Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.®
1390 Chain Bridge Road, #100
McLean, VA 22101

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