The McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence (MYAPE) honors a team that exemplifies high quality professional services to individuals with severe disabilities.
The Award was named after Drs. James McLean and David Yoder, preeminent research scientists in the area of communication and intellectual disability.
Winners of the McLean-Yoder Award award will receive an honorary plaque and recognition at upcoming conferences attended by members of the NJC, a group of professionals devoted to advocating for individuals with significant communication support needs resulting from intellectual disability, which may coexist with autism, sensory, and/or motor limitation.
The NJC recently honored two recipients of the 2022 MYAPE, the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and a team within Family Health West Pediatric Rehabilitation in Fruita, Colorado.
The team at Paul F. Doyon Memorial School stood out for the role that everyone in the school has had in the success of a student who uses augmentative and alternative communication. Training in augmentative communication has been provided school-wide, including all teachers, staff and students, resulting in positive outcomes for all students.
The team at Family Health West Pediatric Rehabilitation included a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and physical therapist, and stood out for the programming they have developed to support communication, mobility and the ability to participate in community activities for children who use augmentative communication. Family values are at the center of their philosophy, resulting in families who are empowered to effectively advocate for the needs of their child.
2022 awardees from the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School in Ipswich, Massachusetts
2022 awardees from Family Health West Pediatric Rehabilitation in Fruita, Colorado
The NJC congratulates this year’s winners and encourages others to nominate innovative teams!
To apply for the McLean-Yoder Award, please submit the following information:
Send your application to Andrea Barton-Hulsey (NJC co-chair) at email@example.com as an e-mail attachment. You also may mail the application to Andrea Barton-Hulsey at:
Florida State University
School of Communication Science and Disorders
201 West Bloxham Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1200
The submission deadline is May 31 for that year's award.
Award nominations are judged according to the NJC's published quality indicators [PDF] specific to communication assessment, goal setting, and program implementation.
Teams that embody elements of interprofessional practices (IPP) are especially encouraged to apply. For more information on IPP, please visit the ASHA website or read the article "The Trifocus Framework and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Severe Disabilities."