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


researchers, students, & clinical professionals funded

of our funded researchers go on to receive additional external funding


Events and Deadlines

Sunset Wine Down with the ASHFoundation During ASHA Connect

Connect, kick back, and support a great mission! Join the ASHFoundation on the terrace at Parkers’ Lighthouse for a wine tasting journey on Friday, July 14, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. All guests will receive a welcome glass of sparkling wine and then will be guided through three tastings by a wine expert. Light appetizers will be served. Purchase your ticket ($95 per ticket) through your ASHA Connect registration.

Boston VIP Raffle Ends

Win a VIP package to the 2023 ASHA Boston Convention. Purchase tickets by calling 301-296-8702.

ASHFoundation Virtual 5K Walk/Run

Lace up for the ASHFoundation’s fourth annual Virtual 5K Walk/Run! Get the details and sign up by August 25, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET to receive your official t-shirt and race bib.

Make Your 2023 Donation in Time to be Recognized

All donations received by this date will be recognized as 2023 donors. Donate now.

An Evening with the ASHFoundation During ASHA Convention Boston

Save the Date! Heading to Boston in November for the 2023 ASHA Convention? Mark your calendar to attend an Evening with the ASHFoundation at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter! Tickets will be available through Convention registration in August.

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What's New

Nancy J. Minghetti, 2022 ASHA Honors Statement

During the 2022 ASHA Convention New Orleans, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) presented Nancy J. Minghetti, who recently retired after leading the ASHFoundation for 26 years, with the Honors of the Association.

2022 ASHFoundation Awards and Honorees

Conferred during the ASHFoundation annual Founders Breakfast on November 18, 2022.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Announces New Executive Director

Sharon E. Moss, PhD, CCC-SLP, CAE will be the next Executive Director of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation), the organization announced today.

Nancy J. Minghetti, Executive Director of the ASHFoundation, to Retire

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) announced today its Executive Director for the past 26 years, Nancy J. Minghetti, will retire in September.

75 Days of Giving-Back Campaign Raises More Than $15,000

The ASHFoundation’s 75th anniversary celebrations culminated in a fun 75 Days of Giving-Back Campaign. Thanks to generous donors, more than $15,000 was raised to support ASHFoundation funding programs and many of the donors won a $100 gift card as a thank you for participating. See our list of lucky winners.

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