Giving Thursday

Make your Giving Tuesday donation to the ASHFoundation before 12/31 to be included in the 2023 donor book!


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 empower speech, language, and hearing professionals 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 2023 Donation in Time to be Recognized

All donations received by this date will be recognized as 2023 donors. Donate now.

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What's New

2023 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

The ASHFoundation is awarding $825,000 to 79 researchers, students and clinicians in communication sciences and disorders. Meet the newest awardees.

Evening with the ASHFoundation at ASHA 2023 in Boston

Prepare yourselves for an exquisite soirée of generosity and celebration! 

Nancy J. Minghetti, 2022 ASHA Honors Statement

During the 2022 ASHA Convention New Orleans, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) presented Nancy J. Minghetti, who recently retired after leading the ASHFoundation for 26 years, with the Honors of the Association.

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