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Created in 1946 by a visionary leader in the field of communication sciences, Wendell Johnson, the ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that supports the advancement of knowledge in this field and seeks to improve the lives of people with speech, language, or hearing disorders.

Communication disorders affect 49 million Americans, both young and old. Some disorders have medical names you may not hear much about, such as aphasia (articulation and comprehension problems usually caused by a stroke or head injury) or dysarthria (a group of speech problems where sounds may be slurred because of paralysis, weakness, or lack of coordination of muscles used in speaking). Others, such as stuttering and hearing loss, are conditions most people know a lot about.

The diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders is made possible by the work of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. A speech-language pathologist is trained at the master's or doctoral level to evaluate and treat speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders. An audiologist is trained at the master's or doctoral level to evaluate and treat hearing, balance, and related disorders.

To achieve the ASHFoundation's goals, we raise funds to support research grants, graduate student scholarships, clinical recognition awards, and special initiatives. Since our inception, the ASHFoundation has awarded $8,613,601 to 2,070 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and leaders in the field. Learn how you can support the ASHFoundation.

The ASHFoundation's legacy as a catalyst for new directions ensures a bright future for individuals who might otherwise face barriers to achieving their personal visions and full potential.

The ASHFoundation is affiliated with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a membership organization representing speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and researchers. Visit ASHA's Web site to learn more about the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology and communication disorders.

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