I want to thank the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and the Louis M. DiCarlo Foundation from the bottom of my heart for this tremendous honor. I also want to thank two department chairs, Robert Brooks, now retired, and Patricia Hargrove, as well as my colleagues at Mankato State University and in the State of Minnesota for their encouragement, my personal computer mentor, Mark Thomas who never laughs at me for the stupid things I do on my computer, my husband Tom for his continuous patience and help, and Joanne Jessen, and others at the ASHA office for their vision and support.

I sincerely feel this award needs to be shared with so many other people. They are all of my friends who have an @ sign in the middle of their name. Many of you I would not even know if we met on the street, but we communicate regularly. You are professors and students. You are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech scientists. You are individuals who have personal experience with disabilities. You are a tremendously hard-working group of people who had the vision of what computer technology would mean to our field long before I ever learned how to turn on a computer, starting back in the days when what I have on my laptop would have filled a room, and down to today where at the convention in Seattle we had fully operational computer labs with internet connectivity that were overflowing in every session. You are from Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, and many other states across this nation. You are also from Australia, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and many other nations around the globe.

With you, a dedicated community, I share this award which honors the resources that all of us are building on the Internet, and recognizes what it means already to our profession and to the people we serve, as well as what it will mean in the future.

Thank you very much.

added November 24, 1996