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Service Awards

HACD Members – Please consider nominating someone for the following awards.

MAY IS BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH AWARD

Embodiment of the Award: This award is presented annually to a community person dedicated within his or her own field who promotes the needs of professionals providing services for the communicatively impaired.

Procedure: To nominate a person for this award, a HACD member(s) must write a 200- to 250-word description as to why nominee is deserving of the award. Written nominations should be sent AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT NO LATER THAN April 1st, 2016 to:

Michelle Dehgan
7406 Avalon Trace
Richmond, Texas 77047

OR emailed to: michelle.dehgan@gmail.com

The names of the nominees and written descriptions of their background and accomplishments will be provided to the membership via email after the nomination deadline.

TINA E. BANGS SERVICE AWARD

History: Tina Bangs and her husband, Jack Bangs, were recruited in the 1950s by a group of influential local investors to form a speech and hearing clinic in Houston. Tina and Jack secured the land and the funding in the Texas Medical Center for what became the Houston Speech and Hearing Center. Five years later, they added 4 additional floors to their original 2-story building.

Jack, one of the founders of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Association, passed away in the 1970s while in office as president of ASHA. Following Jack’s death, Tina became director of the Houston Speech and Hearing Center which, for 40 years, was one of the largest and premier speech and hearing clinics in the United States.

Tina was one of the founders of Pre-Kindergarten education in this country. First published in 1968, her book entitled Language and Learning Disorders of the Pre-academic Child: with Curriculum Guide was very well received and was used as evidence for the US congress to begin federal funding of Preschool education for children. Pre-K education, with a planned curriculum, was unheard of at that time. It had been widely accepted that toddlers had no need for prior preparation before entering school. Tina firmly believed that if a child could walk, he or she was eligible to enter the classroom.

Tina’s curriculum for Pre-K children with communication challenges included a staff of over a dozen SLPs and several Audiologists and Diagnosticians, as well as the participation of parents in daily classes—something we now take for granted as absolutely integral to a child’s education, at that time had never been done before. Babies in the Houston Speech and Hearing Center were fitted with hearing aids, which was also revolutionary (this was before cochlear implants).

The Houston Speech and Hearing Center became one of the components of the University of Texas Health Center in the Medical Center.

Tina eventually retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Texas, but continued to carry a heavy national and international speaking load in her retirement until her health eventually failed.

Embodiment of the Award: This award is given to a member of HACD who has given unique service to this professional organization over an extended period of time. The person must be a member of HACD, but does not have to be a speech-language pathologist in order to qualify.

Procedure: To nominate a person for this award, a HACD member must write and submit a 200-250 word description of why the nominee is deserving of the award. Written nominations should be sent AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT NO LATER THAN April 1st, 2016 to:

Michelle Dehgan
7406 Avalon Trace
Richmond, Texas 77047

OR emailed to: michelle.dehgan@gmail.com

The names of the nominees and written descriptions of their background and accomplishments will be provided to the membership via email after the nomination deadline.

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