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

40,000

DONORS AND GROWING
MORE
THAN
2,200
researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded
$
9.8

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

Events and Deadlines


Deadline to Make 2018 Donation
12/31/2018

Last day to make a donation to be counted for the 2018 calendar year.

Clinical Achievement Awards Deadline
4/8/2019

Nomination deadline for Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award, Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement and Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools

Research Grants Deadline
4/17/2019

Submission deadline for Clinical Research Grant, New Century Scholars Research Grant, and New Investigators Research Grant

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship Deadline
5/8/2019

Submission deadline for New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship 

Student Research Grants Deadline
5/15/2019

Submission deadline for Student Research Grant in Audiology and Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development 

Graduate Student Scholarship Deadline
5/15/2019

Submission deadline for Graduate Student Scholarship, including special scholarship categories for students with a disability, international students, minority students, and NSSLHA members

 

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What's New


2018 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

The ASHFoundation awarded $640,000 to 82 recipients at the annual Founders Breakfast during the ASHA Convention in Boston. Meet the newest awardees.

ASHFoundation Awards Fred Minifie the 2018 Spirit of Philanthropy Award

The ASHFoundation thanks Fred Minifie for his dedication and service.

Innovation Gift Baskets Raise Funds and Delight Donors

Innovation was the focus of the ASHFoundation's activities at ASHA's recent Annual Convention in Boston, MA. A highlight was the corporate sponsored Innovation Gift Baskets at the ASHFoundation exhibit booth. Meet our gift basket winners and generous corporate sponsors.

ASHFoundation Legacy Leaders – The Wendell Johnson Society Gets a New Name

The ASHFoundation Board of Trustees recently announces a name change for its planned giving program.

2018 – A Record Breaking Year!

Exceeding all expectations and historical data, the ASHFoundation experienced new highs in 2018. Take a look at a snapshot of the numbers.

ASHFoundation Award Recipient Works to Improve Therapies for Bilingual People Who Have Had a Stroke

Scholarship and grant awardee Teresa Gray describes how ASHFoundation funding helped her realize her dream.

ASHFoundation Website Earns EXCEL Gold Award

Our updated design makes finding information easier.

ASHFoundation Announces the Revolutionary Raffle and NSSLHA Chapter Winners

Congratulations to our Revolutionary Raffle and NSSLHA Chapter winners!

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