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


researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded

of our funded researchers go on to receive additional external funding

Events and Deadlines

Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant Deadline

Submission deadline for the Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant.

Research Grants Deadline

Submission deadline for the New Century Scholars Research Grant, the New Investigators Research Grant, and the Speech Science Research Grant.

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship Deadline

Submission deadline for the New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship.


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What's New

Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant: Introductory Webinar

View the recording from the March 6 webinar about the ASHFoundation's new research grant.

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.

Win a VIP Package to the 2018 ASHA Convention in Boston

Our 2018 ASHA Convention VIP raffle tickets are now available. Call us at 301-296-8704 to purchase tickets and support the ASHFoundation's funding programs!

2017 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

The ASHFoundation awarded $637,000 to 68 recipients at the ASHA Convention in Los Angeles. Meet the newest awardees.

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