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2021 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

ASHFoundation awards record-breaking $867,000 to 77 innovators

75 Days of Giving-Back Campaign
The ASHFoundation’s 75th Anniversary Celebration is culminating with a giving-back tribute to our donors, and you won’t want to miss it.

Join the ASHFoundation’s 2021 Awards Celebration (in-person or virtually) on November 18
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation proudly marks its Diamond Anniversary with a celebration of its 2021 Annual Awards announcements.

ASHFoundation Celebrates 75th Anniversary – Reflecting Back and Looking Forward

Past award recipients and donors reflect on 75 years of achievement and corporate sponsors step forward with special anniversary support.

ASHFoundation Welcomes Two New Trustees

Melanie Hudson and Gregory Lof join the Board of Trustees.

2020 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

ASHFoundation announces a total of $639,000 in awards to 76 recipients.

ASHFoundation’s First-Ever Virtual 5k Walk/Run Raises Almost $44,000

More than 1,200 ASHFoundation donors and friends joined the fun to help raise money for scholarships and research grants at the August 29, 2020 Virtual 5k Walk/Run.

A Message from President Patty Prelock

Read Patty’s inspiring message about the ASHFoundation’s 2020 kick-off.

Gregory L. Lof, PhD

Spotlight on ASHFoundation donor, Gregory L. Lof—learn why he is so committed to the ASHFoundation.

A COVID-19 Message from Executive Director, Nancy J. Minghetti

Nancy shares her well wishes and an inspiring message about the ASHFoundation’s readiness during challenging times.

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.

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.

ASHFoundation Awards Marvin Dickerson the 2019 Spirit of Philanthropy Award

The ASHFoundation honored Marvin Dickerson with its 2019 Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Meet Marv and be inspired by his giving spirit.

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.

Ian Mertes in the News

ASHFoundation recipient Ian Mertes' article to be published.

ASHFoundation Welcomes Jones and Bartlett to its Corporate Donor Community

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

ASHFoundation-Supported Researcher Examines Diagnostic Techniques for Audiologists

Tiffany Johnson describes her research path and how her early ASHFoundation support contributed to her research success and a career in higher education.

ASHFoundation-Supported Investigator Studies Why and How the Brain Controls Our Ears

Sriram Boothalingam explains how ASHFoundation funding kick-started his current research program.

Former ASHFoundation Research Grant Recipient Assesses Clinician-Client Relationships

Kerry Ebert, a two-time ASHFoundation recipient, describes how her funded ASHFoundation research grant launched this line of research for her.

The Wendell Johnson Society Gets a New Name

The ASHFoundation Board of Trustees recently announces a name change for its planned giving program.

With ASHFoundation Funding, Researcher Investigates Brain Stimulation for Adults Who Stutter

Soo-Eun Chang shares how ASHFoundation funding helped her pursue a new research direction and continues to support her long-term career goal.

ASHFoundation Award Recipient Works to Improve Therapies for Bilingual People Who Have Had a Stroke

Scholarship and grant awardee Teresa Gray describes how ASHFoundation funding helped her realize her dream.

ASHFoundation Website Earns EXCEL Gold Award

Our updated design makes finding information easier.

ASHFoundation-funded Investigator Studies Language Differences in Children with Hearing Loss

Three-time ASHFoundation recipient, Elizabeth Walker, discusses her work to understand variations in access to sound in children who use hearing aids or cochlear implants, and how this affects their cognitive and linguistic development.

Grant Recipient Investigates the Role of Prosody in Dysarthria

Kathryn Connaghan, 2013 New Century Scholars Research Grant recipient, is studying how it’s not just what you say but how you say it that contributes to a speaker’s communication success.

ASHFoundation New Investigators Research Grant Recipient Works to Improve Care Interactions with People with Dementia

New Investigators Research Grant recipient, Natalie Douglas, investigates how to improve the lives of people with dementia living in long-term care communities by coaching staff to improve communication with these residents.

ASHFoundation Clinical Research Grant Recipient Uncovers Gaps in Speech-Language Pathologists’ Dysphagia Education, and Identifies Ways to Close Them

Ianessa Humbert is working to bridge the dysphagia education gap. She believes that her ASHFoundation grant made this work possible, since it would have been difficult to find any other funding agency to support a study that focused on both speech-language pathologists and swallowing.

ASHFoundation Recipient Investigates Whether Childhood Apraxia of Speech Limits Speech Acquisition in Children with Autism

Karen Chenausky is trying to make sense of the complex and understudied area of speech acquisition in minimally verbal children with autism. She hopes to identify how to best teach these children to move from the single-word stage to word combinations, or even sentences.

ASHFoundation Recipient Works to Understand How Noise and Drug Exposure Affect Auditory Perception

Read as Radziwon reflects on how her ASHFoundation funding is advancing her hope to test treatments to restore or preserve auditory function.

ASHFoundation Remembers Alan S. Feldman

We are deeply saddened by the passing of former ASHFoundation Board member and longtime, loyal friend and generous donor who died on January 23, 2018, in North Potomac, Maryland.

Supporting Children With Developmental Language Disorder

ASHFoundation recipient Dr. Amanda Van Horne discusses her work to find ways to more effectively help children learn and use language.

ASHFoundation Grant Recipient Investigates Ways to Increase Speech Intelligibility in People With Dysarthria

Dr. Antje Mefferd discusses how her 2012 New Investigators Research Grant allowed her to collect her first pilot data on speakers with dysarthria who also have Parkinson's disease (PD). She shares how this grant led to her current study of the role of the jaw in speech intelligibility loss and recovery in people with ALS and PD.

Grant Recipient Talks About Why Some Patients Practice and Others Dont

Research grant recipient Eva van Leer discusses her ASHFoundation-funded work to improve patient outcomes in voice therapy.

Events & Deadlines


75 Days of Giving Back Campaign Begins
10/15/2021

A thank you tribute to our donors!

ASHFoundation Awards Celebration Watch Party
11/18/2021

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention.

Meet our 2021 Award Recipients and Board of Trustees
11/18/2021

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention. Stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall.

First $100 Winner for 75 Days of Giving Back Campaign Selected
11/18/2021

Join our special 75 Days of Giving Back Campaign with your 75th anniversary donation of $75 or more.

Last $100 Winner for 75 Days of Giving Back Campaign Selected
1/31/2022

The ASHFoundation will hold a $100 cash drawing for 75 days from a pool of individuals who donate $75 or more to the Campaign.