About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 186,000 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.
Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.
Empowering and supporting audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists through:
- advancing science,
- setting standards,
- fostering excellence in professional practice, and
- advocating for members and those they serve.
ASHA has presented numerous awards to recognize the contributions of individuals and groups to the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech and hearing science.