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
2,300
researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded
$
10.6

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 - 5/6/2020

Submission deadline for New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship

Student Research Grants Deadline - 5/13/2020

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

Graduate Student Scholarship Deadline - 5/13/2020

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

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What's New


ASHFoundation Receives Special Support for Child Language Research

The ASHFoundation recently received a significant gift from Dr. Lois and Robert Bloom to fully endow the Bloom Fund, which the Blooms established to strengthen support in the area of child language research. 

Meet the Newest ASHFoundation Board Members

The ASHFoundation welcomes 3 new trustees.

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.

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.

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