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.

In a world with millions of children’s apps, programs, and devices, yet almost no existing research on their effects on early language development, Anna Sosa knew she wanted to investigate that question.

But first, she needed funding for this uncharted area of research.

With an ASHFoundation grant, she discovered that parents talk more to their babies—which benefits early language development—when they play with books and traditional toys than when they play with electronic toys. That’s important information for parents and communications professionals in this digital world.

Read more about Anna’s work

Your Donation Sparks Bold, Forward-thinking Solutions


researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded

of our funded researchers go on to receive additional external funding

Events and Deadlines

Sips and Sights Fundraising Reception

This event is in conjunction with ASHA Connect Conference, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland. 

ASHFoundation Fundraising Reception

In conjunction with ASHA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts

ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast

In conjunction with ASHA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts

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What's New

ASHFoundation Field of Dreams Fundraiser

Register today for the ASHFoundation's Convention fundraiser at Fenway Park.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a VIP Package to the ASHA Boston Convention

Take a chance to win complimentary registration, a hotel suite, dinner for two and so much more for the 2018 ASHA Convention in Boston.

Sips and Sights Reception To Be Held During ASHA Connect Conference

Going to ASHA Connect? Be sure to purchase your ticket for the ASHFoundation's July 21st fundraising reception at the American Visionary Art Museum, within walking distance from the Baltimore Convention Center.

ASHFoundation Recipient Works to Improve Care Interactions With People With Dementia

New Investigators Research Grant recipient, Natalie Douglas, investigates how to improve the lives of people with dementia living in long-term care communities by coaching staff to improve communication with these residents.

ASHFoundation-Funded Research Uncovers Gaps in SLPs' Dysphagia Education, and Identifies Ways to Close Them

Ianessa Humbert is working to bridge the dysphagia education gap. She believes that her ASHFoundation grant made this work possible, since it would have been difficult to find any other funding agency to support a study that focused on both speech-language pathologists and swallowing.

ASHFoundation Recipient Investigates Whether Childhood Apraxia of Speech Limits Speech Acquisition in Children with Autism

Karen Chenausky is trying to make sense of the complex and understudied area of speech acquisition in minimally verbal children with autism. She hopes to identify how to best teach these children to move from the single-word stage to word combinations, or even sentences.

Creating Possibilities

A message from ASHFoundation President, Allan O. Diefendorf

University Giving Programs Raise Nearly $109,000

The almost 90 University Giving Program Ambassadors set a goal for their faculty members to raise a collective $100,000 in 2017. They didn't just reach their goal; they exceeded it, raising almost $109,000 to support ASHFoundation funding programs.

Newest Faces of the ASHFoundation Board

The ASHFoundation recently welcomed three new trustees to the Board, Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, Melissa Behm, and Shari Robertson.

ASHFoundation Receives Special Memorial Gift

The ASHFoundation is so grateful to receive two gifts, totaling $16,000, in memory of Mary V. Dickerson.

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