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


researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded

of our funded researchers go on to receive additional external funding


Events and Deadlines

Make Your 2019 Donation by September 30 to be Recognized

The 2019 Donors booklet goes to press September 30, 2019. All donations received by this date will be recognized in the booklet. Donate now.

ASHFoundation Board of Trustees Meeting

The ASHFoundation Board of Trustees will meet on November 19 in conjunction with the ASHA Convention, in Orlando, Florida.

ASHFoundation Dreams and Innovation Fundraiser, in conjunction with the ASHA Convention

Join us on November 21 for the magical evening in support of the ASHFoundation at Disney’s EPCOT Theme Park, Isle de France.

Founders Breakfast

On November 22, ASHFoundation will honor its donors and 2019 award recipients, and disburse over $700,000 in scholarships and research grants. Donors at the Founders level and above ($100 or more) will receive an invitation to the breakfast. Donate now

View All

What's New

2019 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

The ASHFoundation awards a record-breaking total of $762,000 to 85 recipients at the annual Founders Breakfast during the ASHA Convention in Orlando. Meet the newest awardees.

Soar at the ASHFoundation's Dreams and Innovation Fundraiser

Register early for the ASHFoundation's special evening on the Isle de France in EPCOT's French Pavilion during the ASHA Convention.

Win A VIP Package for the 2019 ASHA Orlando Convention

Enter to win a complimentary registration, hotel suite, dinner for two and more for the 2019 ASHA Orlando Convention AND support students and researchers at the same time.

Research Grant Recipient Studies Effects of Aging and Blast Exposure on Hearing and Auditory Processing

Jon Venezia's ASHFoundation New Investigators Research Grant led to additional funding from the Veterans Administration to study auditory processing deficits experienced by military veterans.

A Seasonal Reflection on Doing Good

ASHFoundation Executive Director, Nancy Minghetti, talks about why she remains enthusiastic about the ASHFoundation for more than 30 years, and why helping others gives us a sense of purpose.

View All