Southeastern's Stiegler selected for Clinical Achievement Award

Monday, September 11, 2017 Lillian Stiegler
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – A professor in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Communication and Sciences Disorders has been selected to receive the 2017 state Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.
     Lillian Stiegler, a specialist in the field of autism spectrum disorders, will be honored by the association at its annual meeting in November in Los Angeles. The award recognizes professionals whose clinical work results in innovation in science and practice.
     Stiegler, a resident of Covington, was nominated for the award by Southeastern colleague Paula Currie, for her work in helping to establish Lions Connected, a program that provides a post-secondary educational experience at Southeastern for individuals with mild or moderate intellectual disabilities. With the support of other Southeastern professionals from various disciplines and a family donor, Stiegler helped to develop the program, now in its second year.
     Participants in Lions Connected, which is housed in the College of Education, are immersed into the college campus experience with their age peers, working side-by-side with an academic and social mentor, Currie explained.
     “Dr. Stiegler has devoted her professional career to helping children and families who deal with the challenges of autism and other communication problems,” said Jackie Guendouzi, head of the Department of Health and Human Sciences and professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Her commitment to this cause is her vocation, and the Lions Connected program is just one example of her hard work. The department is very proud of her achievements.”
     “Dr. Stiegler’s vision and efforts in helping to develop the Lions Connected program has had a tremendous impact,” said Currie, “especially on the families of individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community who now have the opportunity to participate in post-secondary educational experiences.”
     Stiegler was recognized several years ago by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association as one of only 20 professionals across the nation selected as ASHA’s Faces of Inspiration, a recognition of individuals “who serve as beacons of inspiration in their everyday work.” She is a recipient of the Award for Higher Education Excellence by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Autism Society of America and was honored by Southeastern in 2010 with the President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, one of the highest honors the university bestows on faculty.

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