BE OUR MEMBER
Our members feel a sense of belonging to our close-knit community and are die-hard supporters of our work and mission. Whether you are a hearing person who is new to the world of the Deaf (and want to learn more about Deaf culture and sign language), or a Deaf person seeking to join the community, or a hard-of-hearing person who wishes to advocate for greater accessibility – we welcome all of you!
Types of Memberships
We offer various memberships for different groups and ages.
Ordinary Membership ($15 per year):
Only for Singapore citizens and permanent residents who are over the age of sixteen years
Life Membership ($150 one-time payment):
For Ordinary Members who have been members of the Association for at least five years.
Corporate Membership ($500):
For business organisations.
Associate Membership ($30 per year):
For non-Singapore citizens over the age of sixteen years.
Junior Membership ($5 per year):
For deaf and hard-of-hearing Singapore citizens and permanent residents under the age of sixteen years.
As a famous saying goes – membership has its privileges! Both deaf and hearing persons can apply to our member. And as a member of SADeaf, you will receive a membership card and enjoy the following benefits:
|»||Ordinary and Life Members have the right to vote at the Annual General Meeting of the Association and to stand for election to the Executive Council|
|»||Free copies of Signal newsletter (quarterly) and Annual Report|
|»||20 sessions of free sign language interpretation annually|
|»||20 sessions of free note-taking services annually|
|»||Discount on sign language course fee|
|»||Free annual hearing test|
|»||Discount on Siemens hearing aids and accessories such as batteries|
|»||Free hearing aids (limited stock and subject to assessment for suitability – please email the Audiology Manager email@example.com for queries or to make an appointment)|
|»||Eligible to sign up for exclusive mobile service plans by StarHub and M1.|
|»||Participate in the Association’s events for free or at discounted rates, if applicable|
|»||The collaboration withTown Hall Dental Pte. Ltd. (THDS) allows members of the SADeaf to participate, allowing them access to various dental services from THDS and its partnering branches. Find out more at the link (new)|
Note: If you have hearing loss and are visiting SADeaf for the first time, and do not have an audiogram or doctor’s certification of deafness, we offer a hearing test service at our Hearing Care Centre for $15.
You are also encouraged to join SADeaf as a member; in doing so, the hearing test fee will be waived for the hearing test service. The membership subscription fee is $15 per annum and you will enjoy membership benefits as well.
The following membership information sheets and forms can be downloaded here:
|»||Membership Information & FAQ|
|»||Replacement of Membership Card|
|»||What are the differences between being a client and being a member?|
Payment is by cash or cheque only.
The cheque should be made payable to “The Singapore Association for the Deaf”. Please mail the completed registration form and cheque to: The Singapore Association for the Deaf, 227 Mountbatten Road, Singapore 397998.
For cash payment, please register and pay at SADeaf during working hours.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) SECTION
1. When will I get my membership card?
» New membership applications can only be approved during SADeaf’s Executive Council Meetings held once every two months, ie. end of the months of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, and Nov. So your application may not be processed immediately, depending on when you send it in. We will acknowledge every application via email and also give an estimated date for approval and issue of membership card. We also reserve the right to reject any application without having to state any reason.
» If you are submitting a new membership application after the last week of September 2016, approval can only be obtained in November 2016. By the time the membership card is issued to you, it would be early December 2016. This does not give you much time to enjoy the benefits. (Be aware that Ordinary, Associate and Junior memberships are valid from January to December of each year, after which you need to renew for the following year.) So you may want to consider applying for the next year (2016) instead. We will still accept new membership applications after mid September, but these applications will be deemed to be for the following full year, i.e 2017. (We will also email applicants to remind them and confirm this.)
2. How much back payment do I need to pay for my lapsed membership?
» SADeaf membership, once granted, can be renewed at $15 per year.
If your membership has expired more than one year ago, you would need to pay the following additional fees to renew your membership.
For membership which expired 1 to 3 years ago: $15 per year.
Example: It is 2016 now. Your membership expired in 2013 and you did not renew it after that. Now you want to renew your membership. So you need to pay $15 (for 2014) + $15 (for 2015) + $15 (for current year’s payment, ie 2016) for a total of $45.
For membership which expired more than 3 years ago: $45 (which is $15 x 3, ie. capped at maximum of 3 years’ back payment)
Example: It is 2015 now. Your membership expired in 2001 – that is, 14 years ago – and you have not renewed it since. Now you want to renew your membership. So you pay $45 (maximum of 3 years’back payment) + $15 (current year’s payment) for a total of $60.
3. But why do I need to make back payments for the year(s) I did not renew my membership?
» SADeaf wishes to encourage our members to subscribe to membership continuously and in consecutive years – and enjoy our membership benefits and rewards at the same time. Being our loyal member also grants you the right to convert to life membership after the 5th consecutive year of being our paying member.
But for those whose memberships have lapsed for many years, we will cap the maximum back payment at three years. That is, even if your membership have lapsed for five or seven or ten years, you do not have to foot five or seven or ten years’ worth of back payment. The maximum back payment would be for three years ($45).
Mondays to Fridays:
8.30am to 1pm and
2pm to 5.30pm
We are open from 8.30am to 12.30pm on the eves of public holidays (ie. 24 December, 31 December and eve of Lunar New Year)
Closed on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and public holidays
If you have any queries, please email us or call/SMS 9226 7637.
For queries about application status or date of issue of card, please see the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) SECTION at the bottom right.