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

40,000

DONORS AND GROWING
MORE
THAN
2,300
researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded
$
10.6

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

 

Events and Deadlines


Deadline to Donate and be Recognized in the 2020 Annual Donors Booklet
9/30/2020

Virtual Awards Celebration Announcing 2020 Awards (replaces the Annual Founders Breakfast)
11/21/2020

Founder level donors and above ($100 or more) will receive an invitation to this event.

Deadline to Donate and Take a 2020 Tax Deduction
12/31/2020

The 2020 CARES Act includes provisions to encourage donations. A $300 tax deduction is available even if you don’t itemize. If you do itemize, the cap on contributions has been raised from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100%.

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What's New


A Message from President Patty Prelock

Read Patty’s inspiring message about the ASHFoundation’s 2020 kick-off.

Ashfoundation Announces First-Ever Virtual 5K Walk/Run

The ASHFoundation is excited to hold its FIRST Virtual 5k Walk/Run event on August 29, 2020. 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 our good cause.

Gregory L. Lof, PhD

Spotlight on ASHFoundation donor, Gregory L. Lof—learn why he is so committed to the ASHFoundation.

A COVID-19 Message from Executive Director, Nancy J. Minghetti

Nancy shares her well wishes and an inspiring message about the ASHFoundation’s readiness during challenging times.

ASHFoundation Receives Special Support for Child Language Research

The ASHFoundation recently received a significant gift from Dr. Lois and Robert Bloom to fully endow the Bloom Fund, which the Blooms established to strengthen support in the area of child language research. 

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