Our Work

Our ability to communicate and connect with each other is key to our success and happiness. The ASHFoundation supports innovators and sparks innovation in communication sciences to make that connection possible for everyone. Join us!

We make early investments in promising innovators
...to empower speech, language, and hearing professionals
...to change people's lives.

Millions of people are struggling to communicate and connect, but we’re here to help.

"How can a computer best give someone a voice?"

This question has inspired much of John McCarthy’s research career, including his ASHFoundation-funded investigation into the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) by people with speech and language disorders who also have other disabilities. Common AAC systems—which typically incorporate some type of visual component—are often unusable for people who have visual impairments.

That research has led to McCarthy’s work on programs, devices, and opportunities for people with communication disorders who have visual and motor impairments—making communication possible for everyone.

Read more about John's work

Your Donation Sparks Bold, Forward-thinking Solutions

57,000

DONORS AND GROWING
MORE
THAN
2,400
researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded
$
12.1

MILLION AWARDED
OVER
90
PERCENT
of our funded researchers go on to receive additional external funding

 

Events and Deadlines


ASHFoundation Board of Trustees Meeting
6/29/2022

ASHFoundation Annual 5K Walk/Run
8/27/2022

Run, Walk, Make Your Mark! Get the details and sign up in time to receive your official t-shirt and race bib.

ASHFoundation Let the Good Times Roll Fundraiser, in conjunction with the ASHA Convention
11/17/2022

Join us for a quintessential New Orleans experience at The Chicory, as the ASHFoundation puts a fun spin on the Mardi Gras spirit with jazz music, Cajun delights, and even casino-style games and prizes – all while supporting the ASHFoundation’s innovation mission to change people’s lives. Purchase your tickets on the ASHA Convention Registration Form.

Founders Breakfast
11/18/2022

ASHFoundation will honor its donors and 2022 funding recipients, and award over $600,000 in scholarships and research grants. Donors at the Founders level and above ($100 or more) will receive an invitation to the breakfast. Donate now and ensure your place at the table!

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What's New


Nancy J. Minghetti, Executive Director of the ASHFoundation, to Retire

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) announced today its Executive Director for the past 26 years, Nancy J. Minghetti, will retire in September.

75 Days of Giving-Back Campaign Raises More Than $15,000

The ASHFoundation’s 75th anniversary celebrations culminated in a fun 75 Days of Giving-Back Campaign. Thanks to generous donors, more than $15,000 was raised to support ASHFoundation funding programs and many of the donors won a $100 gift card as a thank you for participating. See our list of lucky winners.

2021 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

ASHFoundation awards record-breaking $867,000 to 77 innovators.

75 Days of Giving-Back Campaign

The ASHFoundation’s 75th Anniversary Celebration is culminating with a giving-back tribute to our donors, and you won’t want to miss it.

Join the ASHFoundation’s 2021 Awards Celebration (in-person or virtually) on November 18

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation proudly marks its Diamond Anniversary with a celebration of its 2021 Annual Awards announcements.

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