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
2,200
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


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 international students, minority students, and NSSLHA members

 

ASHFoundation Board of Trustees Meeting
5/22/2019

Held at the ASHA National Office in Rockville, Maryland

Cruise with the ASHFoundation During the ASHA Connect Conference
6/17/2019

June 17 is the deadline to sign up to join us aboard Chicago’s First Lady for the Architecture Tour on the Chicago River—one of the top ten tours in the U.S.! Due to limited capacity, two tour nights are offered, July 18 or July 19. Sign up by adding this to your ASHA Connect Registration Form.

Awesome Orlando VIP Raffle Ends
7/30/2019

Win a VIP package to the 2019 ASHA Orlando Convention. 

Make Your 2019 Donation in Time to be Recognized
9/30/2019

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

ASHFoundation Fundraiser, in conjunction with the ASHA Convention
11/21/2019

Join us for the magical evening in support of the ASHFoundation—stay tuned for more details.

Founders Breakfast
11/22/2019

ASHFoundation will honor its donors and 2019 award recipients, and disburse over $500,000 million in scholarships and research grants. Donors at the Founders level and above ($100 or more) will receive an invitation to the breakfast. Donate now

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What's New


Cruise with the ASHFoundation on the Chicago River

Going to ASHA Connect? Be sure to join us aboard Chicago's First Lady for the Chicago Architecture River Cruise. Marvel at Chicago's history and architecture...and feel great about supporting your ASHFoundation too.

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.

Meet the Newest ASHFoundation Board Members

The ASHFoundation welcomes 6 new trustees.

Ian Mertes in the News

ASHFoundation recipient Ian Mertes' article to be published.

ASHFoundation Welcomes Jones & Bartlett to its Corporate Donor Community

Jones & Bartlett Learning recently joined the ASHFoundation's corporate donor community.

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.

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