Awardee Profile: Nichol Castro
5th Annual ASHFoundation Virtual 5K Walk/Run
Poolside Chat #2: Demystifying the Review Process

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 empower speech, language, and hearing professionals 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

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Events and Deadlines

Poolside Chat #2: Demystifying the Review Process

Have you ever received reviewer comments and not known what to do next; how best to interpret and apply to the development of future proposals? Join a panel of past ASHFoundation reviewers and applicants on July 22, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET, for a discussion that will take the mystery out of the research grant review process, interpreting reviewer critiques, and applying feedback to improve subsequent proposals. This valuable open conversation will benefit first-time and returning applicants alike.

This session is open to all but has limited capacity. Register here.

Poolside Chat #3: Artificial Intelligence in CSD

Have you been wondering about the implications of using AI in CSD assessments and treatments? Are you curious about how other clinicians and researchers are applying AI technology? Join the ASHFoundation on August 22, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET, bring your ideas and experiences for an open discussion about the current landscape, and future potential, of this exciting and controversial technology.

This session is open to all but has limited capacity. Register here.

5th Annual ASHFoundation Virtual 5K Walk/Run

Join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) on August 31, 2024, for our 5th Annual Virtual 5K Walk/Run: Sparking Innovation with Every Stride, where every step you take fuels innovation in communication sciences and disorders! Since 2020, nearly 5,000 5K participants have walked 61,739 miles in all 50 states and nine countries to spark innovation step by step, grant by grant. Be a part of our best 5K yet in 2024!

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What's New

Sharon Moss Receives M. Eugene Wiggins Leadership Award

Sharon E. Moss, PhD, CCC-SLP, CAE, Executive Director for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation has received the 2024 M. Eugene Wiggins Leadership Award, bestowed by the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH).

Fireside Chat 3 Recording Now Available

The ASHFoundation’s New Century Scholars program has been supporting students and researchers for more than 20 years! Listen to the recording of our final session in this series, Fireside Chat 3: New Century Scholars: Looking Back, from March 6. Past award recipients reflected on how this program supported their research careers and its potential impact on future research in the discipline.  

Fireside Chat 2 Recording Now Available

Are you considering a submission for this year’s ASHFoundation research grants and/or scholarships? Be sure to listen to the recording of our Fireside Chat 2: ASHFoundation Application Process 101, from February 7. Learn more from a panel of past award recipients who discussed the funding opportunities, submission tips, and key take-aways of the application process.

Fireside Chat 1 Recording Now Available

Did you miss the first Fireside Chat 1: Surfacing Critical Research Topics? Sharon Moss, Executive Director of the ASHFoundation gathered perspectives and feedback from attendees on critical research topics and methodologies that will be important now and in the future. Listen to the recording to check out what hot topics rose to the top!

2023 Digital Donor List Available

The official 2023 ASHFoundation Donor list [PDF] is now available. Thanks to our more than 7,000 donors, the ASHFoundation was able to raise more than $825,000 to support 79 innovators in the communication sciences and disorders discipline. Thank you to all supporters!

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