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Limited re-opening of SADeaf Office

We are glad to announce the limited re-opening of SADeaf office and on-site services with effect from Wednesday 3 June 2020.

SADeaf will be using SafeEntry for all visitors. At the entrance of our premises, you can either use your handphone to scan the SafeEntry QR code, or use your NRIC to be scanned by our staff.

Following the government’s Phase 1 safe re-opening guidelines, the following services will be available in-person via appointment.

To make an appointment,
* Community Services (CS): Please text or call Zhi Hao at 9437 9565, or Kelvin at 9844 7919, or email cs_enquiry@sadeaf.org.sg.
* Hearing Care Centre (HCC): Please contact Siu Fai at 9843 5738 or email hcc@sadeaf.org.sg.

All our staff’s working days and hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm daily.

All our other services will continue to be available online and via televideoing, teleconferencing and other means.

* For Itinerant Support Service (ISS), please contact Kala at 9795 6285, or Halim at 8481 6296, or email iss_enquiry@sadeaf.org.sg.

* For Deaf Access Service (DAS), interpretation and notetaking will be done remotely (except for cases which require the interpreter to be present). Clients must have Skype or WhatsApp installed on their phones and laptops. In all cases, we reserve the right to decline assignments which impact the health and well-being of clients and service providers.

For interpretation service, please email: terp-service@sadeaf.org.sg.
For notetaking service, please email: notetaking-service@sadeaf.org.sg.

* For donation, media and volunteering queries, contact David Phung at 9105 5048 or email ca@sadeaf.org.sg.

* For general queries and frequently asked questions, please go to: https://sadeaf.org.sg/contact-us/

You can also reach us through:
Email: info@sadeaf.org.sg (We will reply to emails within three working days.)
Skype ID for video call and messaging: hotline_442 (Available during working hours)
Whatsapp: 9226 7621 (Available during working hours)

* For updates, please go to:
Facebook: facebook.com/SADeafSG/
Website: http://sadeaf.org.sg

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Stay safe!
– From all of us at SADeaf

Online Peer Tutoring

In collaboration with SADeaf, Project Hear Me Out – led by a group of students from Hwa Chong Institute, will be providing free online peer tutoring for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students from Primary 3 to Primary 6.

Please sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/peer-tutoring

The Fortitude Budget

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat will unveil the Fortitude Budget on 26 May at 3.30pm.

Mr Heng will speak about the Government’s plans to help businesses and individuals “adapt and build resilience, in our continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”.

SADeaf will be providing live sign language interpretation and notetaking for the ministerial statement.

Sign language interpretation will be on ‘𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲’ broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 5.

Notetaking will be available on SADeaf Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SADeafSG/.

Notetaking-only feed (ie. text-only feed for deafblind, blind-deaf and others): https://tinyurl.com/FortitudeBudget

Fortitude Budget

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat will unveil the Fortitude Budget on 26 May at 3.30pm.Mr Heng will speak about the Government's plans to help businesses and individuals "adapt and build resilience, in our continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic".SADeaf will be providing live sign language interpretation and notetaking for the ministerial statement.Sign language interpretation will be on ‘𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲’ broadcast on Mediacorp Channel 5.Notetaking will be available on SADeaf Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SADeafSG/.Notetaking-only feed (ie. text-only feed for deafblind, blind-deaf and others): https://tinyurl.com/FortitudeBudget

Posted by The Singapore Association for the Deaf on Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Executive Director’s Challenge

Help us Make A Difference to the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Deafblind Community

Warmest greetings from The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), and I am excited to announce that SADeaf is 65 this year!

The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging around the world. In SADeaf, donations have dropped to an all-time low amid the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the cancellation of fundraising events and drastic drop in walk-in givings. Many activities seem to have come to a standstill, but SADeaf’s service to the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Deafblind community does not stop. Hence, I would like to kick-start a donation drive namely “ED’s Challenge – Give It Forward” to find 65 other like-minded people or corporations who will support SADeaf’s cause to give it forward by committing to donate a sum of $5,000 each to raise a total of $325,000 by the end of 2020.

Deafness is an invisible disability. Hearing loss may lead to language development delay, communication issues and social isolation. SADeaf currently serves more than 6,000 members from the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Deafblind community of all ages. We rely on the kindness and generosity of the society in order to continue providing essential services and running meaningful activities to empower the Deaf community.

The annual operating expenses of SADeaf is as high as S$5 million. I would like to appeal to you or your organisation to contribute generously in order to improve the quality of life of our Deaf community.

All donations to SADeaf entitles you or your organisation to a 2.5 times tax deduction. In addition, the government has extended the Bicentennial Community Fund to the end of 2020. This Fund offers dollar-for-dollar matching for your donations to Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs) such as SADeaf. Enclosed is a copy of our donation form (also available online). Please help us by donating now to stretch your donation dollar and enable us to raise more funds to better serve this community. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Judy Lim at 98899042 or email judy@sadeaf.org.sg should you have further queries, or wish to discuss sponsorship collaborations with SADeaf at length.

Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and kind support. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Selamat Hari Raya!

To all our Muslim friends,

Selamat Hari Raya!

Wishing you and your family a warm and blessed Aidilfitri, showered with love, happiness and good health!

From the Management and Staff of SADeaf

Unite to overcome COVID-19

SADeaf salutes our medical professionals, cleaners and others serving on the frontlines in the midst of the COVID-19 situation in Singapore. Likewise, SADeaf staff – such as our learning support executives, sign language interpreters, notetakers, case managers and speech therapist – continue to serve our clients in schools, hospitals and at workplaces.

As the crisis has impacted on the economy and on our fundraising activities, we wish to appeal for donations from the general public. Help us by donating now so that we can stretch your donations to enable us to raise more funds to better serve our Deaf, hard-of-hearing and Deafblind community.

2.5 Times Tax Deduction
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.

Dollar-for-Dollar Bicentennial Community Fund (BCF) ending December 2020

To encourage giving during our fight against COVID-19, Donations to Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs), such as SADeaf, will continue to be matched dollar-for-dollar via the Bicentennial Community Fund until December 2020, (previously March 2020)

To qualify for this match, donations must be audited and submitted before the end of December 2020.

Thank you, in advance, for your kind donation.

Teacher of the Deaf Award 2020

Nomination Link: https://tinyurl.com/teacher-nomination-2020

About the Award

The Teacher of the Year Award is conferred annually by The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) to recognise the significant contributions of teachers of deaf* students.

*deaf denotes an individual with any level of hearing loss.

Eligibility

The nominees must be Singaporean.

  1. The nominee must be Singaporean.
  2. The nominee must be a full-time teacher; dedicated and willing to spare time and effort for the benefit of the deaf students in the classroom and beyond their call of duty in the previous academic year. For Primary and Secondary Schools, the previous academic year refers to the period as from January to December 2019.
  3. For Polytechnics and others the academic years varies, hence this is referred to the recent/ past academic term
  4. Only one nominee will be conferred with the “Teacher of the Year Award” every year.

Prizes

Cash vouchers, a plaque and a certificate will be presented to the winners at an Award Presentation ceremony.

Selection

The nominations will be reviewed by independent Award Vetting Panel comprising a representative from SADeaf, the Deaf Community, reputable organizations in Singapore and ex-awardees. Recommendations of the Award Vetting Panel will be submitted to the Executive Council of SADeaf for approval. Once officially approved, it will be deemed final and no further objections will be entertained.

Deaf Achievers Awards 2020

Nominations are now open for the *Deaf Achievers Awards 2020!
*deaf denotes persons with different degree of hearing loss

Award Categories:

  1. Outstanding Deaf Student
  2. Outstanding Deaf Sportsman/Sportswoman
  3. Special Talent

Prizes

All winners will receive cash voucher, a plaque and a certificate.

Selection Process

The nominations will be reviewed by independent Award Vetting Panel comprising a representative from SADeaf, the Deaf Community, reputable organizations in Singapore and ex-awardees. Recommendations of the Award Vetting Panel will be submitted to the Executive Council of SADeaf for approval. Once officially approved, it will be deemed final and no further objections will be entertained.

Shortlisted nominees may be required to attend an interview.


1. Outstanding Deaf Student

Nomination Submission Link: https://tinyurl.com/deaf-students-nomination-2020

The Outstanding Deaf Student Awards are conferred annually by The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) to recognise the achievements of deaf individuals in academic, vocational and tertiary education.

Categories

  1. Primary Education
  2. Secondary Education
  3. Vocational Education
  4. Post-Secondary and Tertiary Education (Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education, Polytechnics and
    Universities)

Eligibility

  1. The nominee must be a registered client of SADeaf.
  2. The nominee must be a full-time student in a Primary school, Secondary school, Vocational Institute/ Training Centre or Tertiary Institution in Singapore or overseas.
  3. Nominations must be supported by the performance of the previous academic year:
    • For Primary and Secondary Schools, this refers to the period as from January to December 2018.
    • For Polytechnics and others, the academic year varies, hence this is referred to the recent/previous academic term.
  4. The nominee need not be the top students. An average student who has shown significant improvement will be considered.
  5. Evidence of active participation in co-curricular activities, community service, and leadership qualities will earn extra credits.
  6. Only one “Outstanding Deaf Student Award” will be conferred to each category every year.

2. Outstanding Deaf Sportsman/Sportswoman

Nomination Submission Link: https://tinyurl.com/deaf-sports-nomination-2020

The Outstanding Deaf Sportsman / Sportswoman Awards are conferred annually by The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) to recognise the achievements of the deaf individuals in the sports arena.

Eligibility

  1. The nominee must be a registered client of SADeaf.
  2. The nominee must have an outstanding track record(s) in sports last year. These can be evidenced by awards obtained, records of activities denoting leadership qualities or good sportsmanship.
  3. Only one “Outstanding Deaf Sportsman Award” and one “Outstanding Deaf Sportswoman Award” will be conferred every year.

3. Special Talent

Nomination Submission Link: https://tinyurl.com/Deaf-talent-2020

The Special Talent Award is conferred annually by SADeaf to recognise a deaf individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievements, that no other deaf has ever done or dared to do, and that he/she does not fit in any other award category.

Eligibility

  1. The nominee must be a registered client of SADeaf.
  2. The nominee must have an outstanding track record(s) in non-academic and non-sport activities. These should be evidenced by awards obtained, proven record of leadership, etc.
  3. Previous year awardee will not qualify.
  4. Only one nominee will be conferred the “Outstanding Special Talent” award.

Easing of Circuit Breaker Measures

The Circuit Breaker measures will be gradually eased from 5 May, paving the way for certain businesses to resume operations. Here’s a video on the business services that are permitted to operate on 5 May and what will be allowed after 12 May.

Measures may change, watch the news for updates.

(Video length: 3min 16s. In SgSL with English captions. To read the captions, click on “CC” icon on the bottom right of the frame)

May Day Message – Sign language interpretation ‘live’ broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 5.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver his May Day Message on 30 April, Thursday at 7.30 pm. In view of the COVID-19 situation, the Message will be simulcast on national television and streamed via several social media channels including the Prime Minister Office’s Facebook page and YouTube, and NTUC Singapore’s Facebook page and YouTube.

SADeaf will be providing live sign language interpretation and notetaking for the Message.

Sign language interpretation will be on ‘live’ broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 5.

Notetaking will be available on SADeaf Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SADeafSG/.


Notetaking-only feed (ie. text-only feed for deafblind, blind-deaf and others): https://tinyurl.com/pmleemayday