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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

55,000

DONORS AND GROWING
MORE
THAN
2,300
researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded
$
11.2

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

 

Events and Deadlines


Virtual 5K Walk/Run
8/28/2021

Get the details and register now.

Last Day to Make a Donation and Be Recognized in the 75th Anniversary Donors Booklet
9/30/2021

Don’t forget to donate in time to be listed in the 2021 Annual Donors booklet!

75 Days of Giving Back Campaign Begins
10/17/2021

Details coming soon!

ASHFoundation Awards Celebration Watch Party
11/18/2021

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention (registration opens in August – please check back)

Meet the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees and Staff
11/18/2021

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention. Stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall - details to come.

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What's New


ASHFoundation Celebrates 75th Anniversary – Reflecting Back and Looking Forward

Past award recipients and donors reflect on 75 years of achievement and corporate sponsors step forward with special anniversary support.

2021 Virtual 5K Walk/Run

Back by popular demand, the ASHFoundation will host the second annual Virtual 5k Walk/Run event on August 28, 2021. You can complete the virtual 3.1 miles course whenever, wherever, and however you choose. Learn more and sign up to join this fun event for a good cause.

ASHFoundation Welcomes Two New Trustees

Melanie Hudson and Gregory Lof join the Board of Trustees.

2020 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

ASHFoundation announces a total of $639,000 in awards to 76 recipients.

ASHFoundation’s First-Ever Virtual 5k Walk/Run Raises Almost $44,000

More than 1,200 ASHFoundation donors and friends joined the fun to help raise money for scholarships and research grants at the August 29, 2020 Virtual 5k Walk/Run.

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