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


75 Days of Giving Back Campaign Begins
10/15/2021

A thank you tribute to our donors!

ASHFoundation Awards Celebration Watch Party
11/18/2021

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention.

Meet our 2021 Award Recipients and Board of Trustees
11/18/2021

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention. Stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall.

First $100 Winner for 75 Days of Giving Back Campaign Selected
11/18/2021

Join our special 75 Days of Giving Back Campaign with your 75th anniversary donation of $75 or more.

Last $100 Winner for 75 Days of Giving Back Campaign Selected
1/31/2022

The ASHFoundation will hold a $100 cash drawing for 75 days from a pool of individuals who donate $75 or more to the Campaign.

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What's New


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.

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.

ASHFoundation Welcomes Two New Trustees

Melanie Hudson and Gregory Lof join the Board of Trustees.

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