ASHFoundation Awards $762,000 to 85 Individuals

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The awards support communication sciences and disorders research.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) recently awarded a record total of $762,000 in research grants, scholarships, and clinical achievement awards to 85 individuals. The awards support communication sciences and disorders research that can potentially lead to advances in treatment, nurture the next generation of students in the discipline, and lead to innovation in science and practice.

The exceptionally innovative and talented recipients were recognized and awarded at the annual ASHFoundation Founders Breakfast during the 2019 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). More than 400 donors, corporate sponsors, and past awardees attended to honor these worthy recipients.

“We are proud of these newly awarded scholars who are bringing forward discoveries to change the lives of children and adults striving to communicate effectively,” said ASHFoundation President Allan O. Diefendorf. “Our 2019 funding, added to the amount we’ve supported over our history, means that the ASHFoundation has surpassed awarding $10 million, to support over 2,000 professionals and the lives of the thousands they serve. This is a truly significant milestone, and our donor community is inspired to imagine an even brighter future ahead.”

To learn about the 2019 honored individuals and past award recipients, visit

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)
The ASHFoundation supports innovators and sparks innovation in the communication sciences. We provide resources for promising researchers, students, and professionals exploring bold ideas and forward-thinking solutions to improve the lives of people with hearing, speech, language, and swallowing disorders. The ASHFoundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to invest in ingenuity and empower innovators to chart new paths. We achieve this through research grants, scholarships, clinical achievement awards, and special programs.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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