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.

In a world with millions of children’s apps, programs, and devices, yet almost no existing research on their effects on early language development, Anna Sosa knew she wanted to investigate that question.

But first, she needed funding for this uncharted area of research.

With an ASHFoundation grant, she discovered that parents talk more to their babies—which benefits early language development—when they play with books and traditional toys than when they play with electronic toys. That’s important information for parents and communications professionals in this digital world.

Read more about Anna’s work

Your Donation Sparks Bold, Forward-thinking Solutions

40,000

DONORS AND GROWING
MORE
THAN
2,100
researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded
$
9.2

MILLION AWARDED
OVER
90
PERCENT
of our funded researchers go on to receive additional external funding

Events and Deadlines


ASHFoundation Board of Trustees Meeting
11/13/2018

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts

ASHFoundation Field of Dreams Fundraiser
11/15/2018

The Field of Dreams Fundraiser at Fenway Park will be held in conjunction with the ASHA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts

ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
11/16/2018

In conjunction with the ASHA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts

Funding and Recognition Awards for 2018 Announced
11/16/2018

At the Founders Breakfast, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts

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What's New


ASHFoundation Announces the Revolutionary Raffle and NSSLHA Chapter Winners

Congratulations to our Revolutionary Raffle and NSSLHA Chapter winners!

Dreams and Innovation 'At Play' With Field of Dreams Fundraiser

Register today for the ASHFoundation's Convention fundraiser at Fenway Park.

Research Grant Recipient Hopes to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment for People Who Have Difficulty Processing Speech

Jonathan Venezia discusses his ASHFoundation-funded work to improve outcomes for people with speech processing difficulties, including those with sensorineural hearing loss, aphasia and combat-related blast exposure.

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.

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