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

Research Grants Deadline

Submission deadline for the New Century Scholars Research Grant, the New Investigators Research Grant, and the Speech Science Research Grant.

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship Deadline

Submission deadline for the New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship.


Graduate Student Scholarships Deadline

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

Student Research Grants Deadline

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

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

Time is Running Out to Enter to Win a VIP Package to the ASHA Convention

Do you have your raffle tickets yet to win complimentary registration, a hotel suite, dinner for two and so much more for the 2018 ASHA Convention in Boston? Be sure to enter before we draw the winner's name in July. Call 301-296-8704 to purchase your ticket and support the ASHFoundation’s education and research programs.

ASHA Connect Attendees–Don't Miss the ASHFoundation's Special Night Out

The ASHFoundation's Sips and Sights fundraising reception will be held on July 21, 2018.

ASHFoundation Recipient Works to Understand How Noise and Drug Exposure Affect Auditory Perception

Read as Radziwon reflects on how her ASHFoundation funding is advancing her hope to test treatments to restore or preserve auditory function.

Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant: Introductory Webinar

View the recording from the March 6 webinar about the ASHFoundation's new research grant.

ASHFoundation Remembers Alan S. Feldman

We are deeply saddened by the passing of former ASHFoundation Board member and longtime, loyal friend and generous donor who died on January 23, 2018, in North Potomac, Maryland.

Supporting Children With Developmental Language Disorder

ASHFoundation recipient Dr. Amanda Van Horne discusses her work to find ways to more effectively help children learn and use language.

2017 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

The ASHFoundation awarded $637,000 to 68 recipients at the ASHA Convention in Los Angeles. Meet the newest awardees.

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