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


December 31 – Last Day to Make a 2019 Donation
A year-end donation to the ASHFoundation in honor of someone who has everything is a perfect gift, and ensures your tax advantage for 2019. Give a gift that makes a real impact.

2020 San Diego Convention VIP Raffle
Don’t miss your chance to win a VIP package for ASHA’s 2020 Convention in San Diego, and support the ASHFoundation, all at the same time. Winner will be selected on July 31, 2020. Call now to purchase you tickets – 301-296-8704.

2020 Funding and Recognition Programs
Our 2020 funding and recognition programs will open for submissions in the first quarter of 2020. Please check back for deadlines and additional information.

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What's New


ASHFoundation Convention Activities Raise Funds and Delight Donors

Dreams and Innovation was the focus of the ASHFoundation's activities during ASHA's 2019 Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Win a VIP Package for the 2020 ASHA San Diego Convention

Enter to win a complimentary registration, hotel suite, dinner for two and more for the 2020 ASHA San Diego Convention AND support students and researchers at the same time.

ASHFoundation Awards Marvin Dickerson the 2019 Spirit of Philanthropy Award

The ASHFoundation thanks Marvin Dickerson for his dedication and service.

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.

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.

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