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SgSL Workshop for Families and Teens

Registrations are opened til 20 November 2020:
SgSL Workshop For Family – Workshop For Young Teens –

Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) courses for SADeaf clients

SADeaf is pleased to offer Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) courses for clients and caregivers/families.  Course subsidy is available for clients and caregivers/families who need it subject to means testing. 

Who are eligible? 

SADeaf clients and their family members/caregivers 

Subsidy amount for each applicant: 

Per capitaSubsidy
Below $1,00090%
Above $1,000 and below $2,00050% 


1. You must be a registered client of SADeaf.

2. The subsidy for clients and their family members/caregivers is offered to a maximum of four persons for each family (including Deaf client).    

3. To qualify for a subsidy, each applicant needs to pass the means test based on SADeaf’s criteria. (The SADeaf Community Service department will review your application – you may be asked to provide documentation for means testing.) 

4. After the assessment, you will be informed whether you qualify for a subsidy. If you do, you will only pay the subsidised rate for the course. The fee will be collected before the start of the course. 

5.  You must attain above 75% attendance for the course in order to get the certificate.

6. The expiry date of application is at the end of March 2021. 

If you have any enquiries, please email James Ong at 

SADeaf Annual Report 2019/2020

SADeaf Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020

For SADeaf members attending the AGM, you can:

Download the Annual Report 2019/2020 in PDF Format

An explanation of what a “proxy form” is in Singapore Sign Language (SgSL)

Deafinitely Durian 2020

Our annual event, the “Deafinitely Durian” event goes online! Help us raise funds for the Deaf, Hard-of-hearing and Deafblind community in Singapore.

Option 1: Mao Shan Wang Durian  ($260 – *Delivery Included)

Each packet contains 1kg of Mao Shan Wang de-husk durians pre-packed in a sealed plastic box. This offer is subject to availability of the fruit in good condition while the season last.

Option 2: Mao Shan Wang Mooncake + Mochi ($260 – *Delivery Included) 

One box contains 9 pieces of miniature Mao Shan Wang Mooncake and one box of Mao Shan Wang Mochi packed in a cooler bag. These two items must be placed in the freezer if they are not consumed immediately after purchase.

*Delivery is unavailable to the following locations: Singapore Changi Airport, Airport Cargo Complex, Jurong Island, Sentosa Island, Woodlands and Tuas Links, Hotels

Payment instructions: Upon placing of order, a QR code will be sent to you for payment. Please screenshot the payment and attach the screenshot in your email. We look forward to your support. For enquries please contact Mr. Teo Zhi Xiong



National Day Celebration (A Gift for Singapore – Song Signing Remotely Project)

The Singapore Association for the Deaf is spearheading this first ever project of having 55 signers using Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) to sign a song remotely online in line with social distancing measures during this Covid-19 period.  Why 55 signers? To celebrate Singapore’s 55th Anniversary. 

Happy 55th Birthday, Singapore!

This project showcases the beauty and versatility of SgSL through song-signing, and to create interest among the public to learn about Deaf Culture and sign language, and raising Deaf awareness.

The song is entitled “Reach Out for the Skies” by Taufik Batisah and Lu Rui En, our local singers, with music by Elaine Chan and lyrics by Selena Tan, both of whom are from Dream Academy Productions Pte Ltd.  This song was written as a theme song for National Day 2005 and we thank Dream Academy Productions Pte Ltd for the kind permission granted in the use of this song.  

During this COVID-19 situation, many passionate participants joined in this project remotely. They are Deaf and hearing participants and volunteers from the Singapore Association for the Deaf, polytechnics and university.  They have learnt sign language and applied sign language to do this song signing.

Participants spent a month learning and practising through online platforms. They went through many rehearsals together, guided by the trainers from our volunteer group, Signifique

The Singapore Association for the Deaf would like to thank all our participants from the bottom of our hearts. Specially, they are:

1 Abigail Cheung Wing Yiu
2 Alison Cheng Sue-Min
3 Chan Jun Heng
4 Chia Kim Tat
5 Chia Rui Ying
6 Chiu Yan Yu
7 Chong Sher Ney
8 Chua Ru Yuan
9 Clarissa Sim Shi En
10 Daryl Wang Jiale
11 Er Puay Puay
12 Gelene Toh Qiao Wen
13 Gina Tan Shin Yi
14 Glenn Lee Sheng En
15 Goh Yan Hui
16 Goo Li Keng
17 Gophi Nathan
18 James Ong
19 Jessica Lim Jiaying
20 Joanne Lim Tze Yen
21 Justin Yeo Wei Jie
22 Kat Ng See Lai
23 Kelly Ng Sze Yin
24 Kwan Seing Fong
25 Leon Woo
26 Lim Zhi Chiaw
27 Lok Xin Yu
28 Low Hui Yu
29 Low Wei Yan
30 Mae Teo Kah Bee
31 Maureen Aquino
32 Meerashree Goel
33 Natalie Koh Yin Wei
34 Neo Hock Sik
35 Neo Yin Jie
36 Nicole Lee
37 Noreen Taha
38 Nurhidayah Bte Yazid
39 Nurul Shaheedah Bte Rahmat
40 Pang Jia Yan Germaine
41 Pet Tan
42 Peter Im Wai Hoe
43 Poh Gek Hiang
44 Poh Huan Rong
45 Salmah Ibrahim
46 Sandy Phang
47 Shalini Gidwani
48 Shannon Lee Xin Ying
49 Shellia Oktavina
50 Shireen Yeo Shi Yun
51 Sun Wenhao
52 Suzanne Lim Tze Yin
53 Vanessa Tai Ying Hui
54 Vincentia
55 Yvonne Goh Min Rui

Special thanks, once again to Dream Academy Productions Pte Ltd for granting the use of the song for this project!   

Through the effort of our 55 participants, we appeal to your generosity to donate towards the cause of people with hearing loss. Your donation towards this campaign will be granted a dollar-for-matching with Tote Board and the government. SADeaf is a registered charity and an Institutions of A Public Character (IPC); hence, all donations to SADeaf entitles you to a 2.5 times tax deduction. The more you donate, the greater your tax deduction. Thank you for your kind donations and great support during this Covid-19 period!

Learn Sign Language:
Deaf Awareness Programmes for Corporates & Groups:

National Day 2020 – Learn the anthem & Pledge in SgSL

Learn the National Anthem and Singapore Pledge in Singapore Sign Language!

The Singapore Pledge

The National Anthem

Join the Anthem Moment and Pledge Moment of NDP2020. Find out more about the Anthem Moment and Pledge Moment by clicking the links.

SgSL for Political Parties in Singapore

Having a common and widely accepted sign vocabulary is important in promoting discourse and equal participation. Headed by SADeaf’s Sign Language Instructors sub-committee and Deaf Access Service department, we are pleased to present suggestions on how the names of the political parties can be signed.

Big strides made to accommodate deaf, hard-of-hearing community

The Singapore Association For The Deaf (SADeaf) replies to a Straits Times forum letter on accessibility to information for the community during the recent elections. 

SADeaf had provided sign language interpretation and note-taking on our own media platforms to accompany the election-related broadcasts on TV, including the marathon 7-hour election results/analysis.

This was a first for us, and we will continue to advocate for improved accessibility for future national events. 

Read more here:

Student-athletes score winning marks in IB exams

Kimberly Quek, the winner of the Outstanding Deaf Student (Tertiary Education) Award 2019, scored 40 out of 45 for her International Baccalaureate (IB) results.


“Bowling is like life itself because there will always be things out of my control. What is important is to take things in my stride and keep trying until I succeed, as well as celebrate the little successes such as getting a strike.”
MS KIMBERLY QUEK, on how the sport has taught her resilience, in the face of uncertainties.

Read more:

Also read a short feature on Kimberly on page 6 of our latest signal newsletter:

#HerWorldHerStory: This Artist Doesn’t Let Her Deafness Affect Her Passion For The Arts

Remember the article on “Accessibility needs for a Deaf-friendly show“? Meet the Artist behind the beautiful drawings!

Chen Ziyue was featured in June’s issue of #HerWorldHerStory for her passion for the Arts.

“Growing up was tough because I was often left out of conversations. I was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears when I was two and a half years old. I first studied at Canossian School (then Canossian School for the Hearing Impaired). When I was nine, my late mother transferred me to St. Anthony’s Canossian Primary School. It was a big change going to a mainstream school. But my mum wanted me to learn survival skills that would help me function independently in society.

As a child, art became my “escape” from a confusing world, not being able to understand others, and vice versa. The late American author Helen Keller who was deaf and blind once said blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.

Drawing and playing with art helped me to forget the frustration of my struggles with verbal communication. It also helped me express my emotions.

“Drawing helped me forget the frustrations of my struggles”

I’ve been a freelance artist-illustrator for mostly children’s books since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) in Florida in 2013.

The most recent book I worked on is How Women Won the Vote by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, published by HarperCollins. I now see myself as an equal to others. Living overseas alone made me more independent, and more aware of my identity as a deaf person. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had.

I hope the arts scene and disability inclusiveness will continue to grow…it’s promising to know that someone like me has a fair chance to work on my art. My wish is to work on a book to tell my story… I haven’t been able to finish illustrating my feelings on my mum’s passing but it’s something that I’m working on.”

– Published in Her World’s June issue

Also watch the Deaf “Deaf Entrepreneur – Chen Ziyue”

Deaf Entrepreneur – Chen Ziyue (Deaf Illustrator)

Deaf Entrepreneur – Chen Ziyue (Deaf Illustrator)#sadeafiwd2018 #SignLanguagesDay #IDSL2018 #IWDeaf2018

Posted by The Singapore Association for the Deaf on Monday, 24 September 2018