The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) currently has 198,000 members nationwide. These members range from audiologists, speech-language pathologists, scientists, and students. These members work together to provide effective communication to all. The organization supports its members through research, advanced science, and high standards.


The Organization’s History

The ASHA was founded in 1925 in New York City. It originally stemmed from the National Association of Teachers of Speech (NATS), when some members became more interested in speech correction and decided to create its own organization. Since 1925 the organization has changed its name four times. When it was started in 1925 it was called the American Academy of Speech Correction but was changed shortly after to the American Society for the Study of Disorders of Speech in 1927. After seven years it was changed to the American Speech Correction Association and changed again to the American Speech and Hearing Association in 1947. It finally received its current name, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1978. The first National Office opened its doors in 1958 in Washington, DC, and the location of this office has moved multiple times, but today is located in Rockville, MD.


Become a Member

The ASHA has a mission to provide an empowering and supportive environment for all of its members and employees. The organization has been recognized multiple times for its great work environment and has been included in the Top 50 Great Places to Work in Washington DC. Becoming a member offers great benefits to those working in the speech-language-hearing field. Stay up to date on all of the industry news, as well as developments in your field. It is a great way to meet new people and learn about other’s expertise. Other benefits outside of the field, such as insurance, hotel, and office discounts.

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