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Sharing Session on Deaf Education

Have you ever wanted to be a Teacher of the Deaf or an Educational Interpreter? Do you wonder what the job is like? Are you interested in working with deaf children? Here’s your chance to find out more!

Join us at this sharing session! Both Deaf and hearing are welcome.

Date: Friday, 27 October 2023

Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Venue: Online via Zoom (the link will be sent to registered participants)

Programme

1. Briefing on qualifications & prerequisites for Deaf Education staff, by Alvan Yap, deputy director, SADeaf

2. Overview of the Bilingual-Bicultural Approach,

by Barbara D’ Cotta, training manager, SADeaf

3. Sharing by teaching/education staff

– Susanne Patrick, resource teacher, Beatty Secondary School

– Claudine Chan, specialised teacher, Mayflower Primary School

– Amirah Osman, educational interpreter, Mayflower Primary School

-Bernadette Pung, dedicated signing teacher, Mayflower Kindergarten

4. Q & A

See you there!

Register for the talk at https://forms.gle/bnwtjKbGSApykHkEA

For enquiries, please email education@sadeaf.org.sg.

The Purple Parade Contingent March

Dear Deaf and hearing friends,

This year SADeaf is joining The Purple Parade contingent march. We would like to invite you to join us in the march. We will give out a purple T shirt for your participation.

Details of event

Date – Saturday, 4 November 2023

Time – 3pm to 7pm (TBC) 

Venue – Suntec City 

Deadline: Submit by 19 October 2023.

Link – https://forms.gle/sKQ6nVCLNPY7683U8

Do whatsapp James at 96416837 for enquiries. 

Look forward to participating in the Purple Parade with SADeaf. 

International Week of Deaf People 2023

As we eagerly approach the International Week of Deaf People, International Day of Sign Languages, and Singapore Sign Language Week in 2023, we’d absolutely love for you to be a part of these wonderful celebrations.

Your presence and engagement could bring even more warmth and inclusivity to these events, creating memorable experiences for everyone involved.

Deaf Boleh is on Saturday, 23 September at SADeaf premises from 1pm to 6pm. Details will be revealed soon!

This is an easy look at the timeline for the activities during SgSL week. 

This video talks about the Singapore Sign Language Week and its 2 events – Presentation talks from Monday, 18th September to Thursday, 21st September and Deaf Boleh! on Saturday, 23 September.

Presentation talks and SgSL activities 

Date – Monday to Thursday, 18 September to 21 September 2023. 

Venue – SADeaf Hall 

Time – 7pm to 9pm 

International Week of Deaf People programme is as follows 

Dates Time – 7.15pm to 7.45pm Presentation talks 8pm to 8.30pm 
Monday, 18 September History of the International Week of the Deaf People and its significance. SgSL activities 
Tuesday, 19 September My Learning Journey as SgSL instructorSgSL activities 
Wednesday, 20 September How the SgSL signbank worksSgSL activities 
Thursday, 21 September Sharing sessions by WFD and WASLI delegates SgSL activities

You may contact James at 9641 6837 for more details

Let us see what is inside the goodie bags.

Hearts Can Hear – SADeaf 68th Anniversary Charity Concert

The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) has been serving the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community for the past 68 years, helping them reach their full potential, attain a better quality of life and integrate into the mainstream society.  We currently have over 3500 active beneficiaries and are proud of the thousands more we had served in the past decades. 

 💫 SADeaf’s “Hearts Can Hear” Charity Concert “聋情厚意 综艺演唱会“  will be held on 14 Oct 2023 at the Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre.  It is part of SADeaf’s 68th Anniversary fundraising effort. Funds raised will be used on services aimed at improving the quality of life of SADeaf beneficiaries. Your support will enable our clients to continue receiving critical services, while helping SADeaf design further innovative & relevant programs to respond to the greater needs of the Deaf Community.

A Spectacular Cultural Extravaganza:

🎸 Live Band, Song Signing

🎤 Vocal Performances

💃 Famous Deaf Dancers,  Martial Art Dance/ Chinese Cultural Dance

🎻 Chinese Orchestra

Join Us As We Commemorate This Milestone Event! 💫

Date : 14 October 2023

Time: 8pm – 10pm

Venue: Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre 🏫

The Concert will be 2 hr physical-cum-online Variety Show, helmed by popular local Getai artistes together with Deaf performers, coming together to present an entertaining and heart-warming 68th Anniversary Charity Concert. The event is intended to achieve both the fund-raising & public education effect, aiming to create public awareness on Hearing Loss, and forge meaningful and dignified connections with the community.

The Concert will present both yesteryears’ evergreens and popular contemporary songs to appeal to audiences of all ages, delivered by well-known local artistes. There will be an intertwining of oldies and newer songs, along with performances by SADeaf’s artistes, punctuated with “Edu-tainment” messages on Hearing Loss, all woven into a smooth flowing, coherent, riveting and spectacular extravaganza!

$80 – Category A Tickets

$300 – 2 VIP Ticket

Donate $5,000 SADeaf will invite on your behalf, 80 beneficiaries from a charity (e.g elderly, disability, low-income families) to enjoy the concert
Donate $3,000 SADeaf will invite on your behalf, 60 beneficiaries from a charity (e.g elderly, disability, low-income families) to enjoy the concert
Donate $2,000 SADeaf will invite on your behalf, 40 beneficiaries from a charity (e.g elderly, disability, low-income families) to enjoy the concert
Donate any other amountYour donation will enable us to provide critical services to existing clients, and also reach out to serve more people in need in the Deaf Community.

(Contributions are Tax Deductible)

You can support us by purchasing tickets or offer a donation of any amount.  Each donation you so graciously give will come together to make a big difference in the lives of the less fortunate!  Please see ANNEX A link below to have a glimpse into the Impact of our services.  

All concert sales and outright donations will be entitled to 2.5 times tax deduction. Please also refer to the Response Form link below.  You can make a donation by scanning the QR Code in the link below with your PayNow app and indicate “Concert” under the descriptions. 

Sign Up Here at our Google Response Form or Fill up Physical Response Form here!

1. Annex A

2. PayNow QR code for Donation

📞 Do feel free to contact our Senior Manager Aaron Ng at 96582419 or

✉️ Email us at fr@sadeaf.org.sg, should you require any further information.

Signs will Shine Gala Dinner 2023

Invitation to the Singapore Association for the Deaf’s 68th Anniversary Gala Dinner “Signs will Shine”.

The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) has been serving the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community for the past 68 years, helping them reach their full potential, attain a better quality of life and integrate into the mainstream society. We currently have over 3500 active beneficiaries and are proud of the thousands more we had served in the past decades.

SADeaf’s services have evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons. Today, our services include social and mental health support, employment support, financial assistance, counselling, education support, early childhood intervention, hearing care, Deaf awareness programme, sign-language interpretation, note-taking, sign language classes and also Singapore’s only Deafblind programme.

The services we render to our beneficiaries have been made possible by the support and generosity of kind-hearted people like you. On behalf of our beneficiaries, we thank you sincerely for being here for us all these years.

As a token of our appreciation, we would like to cordially invite you to our fundraising Gala Dinner “ Signs will Shine”. 💫

Date: Friday, 22 September 2023

Time: 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Location: Bliss Garden, Singapore Expo [1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150]

Our Patron, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law Mr Edwin Tong will be our Guest-of-Honour. MP of Mountbatten SMC Mr Lim Biow Chuan will be our Special Guest.

Tables (seating for 10) are priced as follows:

– Table of Love:   $6,800 per table
– Table of Hope:  $4,800 per table
– Table of Grace: $3,800 per table

In addition, you may contribute by joining the concert as a sponsor:

You can support us by purchasing tables or individual seats (price for an individual seat will be calculated by dividing the table price by 10), or offer a donation of any amount.  Each donation you so graciously give will come together to make a big difference in the lives of the less fortunate!  Please see ANNEX A link below to have a glimpse into the Impact of our services.    

All table sales, event supporters, and outright donations will be entitled to 2.5 times tax deduction. Please also refer to the Response Form link below.  You can make a donation by scanning the QR Code in the link below with your PayNow app and indicate “Gala” under the descriptions. Please indicate your NRIC for Tax Deduction. 

1. Response Form

2. Annex A

3. Pamphlet

4. PayNow QR code for Donation

Please feel free to contact our Senior Manager Aaron Ng at 96582419, or Xuan Liang at 97276942, or email us at fr@sadeaf.org.sg, should you require any further information.

Deaf Achievers Awards 2023

The annual Deaf Achievers Awards, organised by the Singapore Association for the Deaf, seek to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals from the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Nominations are open from 19 June 2023 to 4 August 2023.
 
Overview of Award Categories
Outstanding Deaf Student (4 subcategories)
Teacher of the Year
Outstanding Deaf Sportsman and Sportswoman
Special Talent
 
Prizes
Winners will receive a cash voucher, a plaque and a certificate.

* Outstanding Deaf Student (Primary Education) – $300
* Outstanding Deaf Student (Secondary Education) – $400
* Outstanding Deaf Student (Vocational Institute/ Training Centres) – $400
* Outstanding Deaf Student (Tertiary Education) – $500
* Special Talent – $500
* Outstanding Deaf Sportsman – $500
* Outstanding Deaf Sportswoman – $500
* Teacher of the Year – $500


Selection Procedure
The nominations will be reviewed by an independent Award Vetting Panel comprising representative(s) from SADeaf, member(s) of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community, reputable organisations in Singapore and ex-awardees. Shortlisted nominees may be required to attend an interview and will be informed if so. The 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.
 

1. Outstanding Deaf Student

The Outstanding Deaf Student Awards recognise the achievements of Deaf and hard-of-hearing students at different educational levels. The award is presented in the form of a plaque together with a certificate to one winner from each of the four categories as follows:

Categories
* Primary Education (Primary schools)
* Secondary Education (Secondary schools)
* Vocational Education (Training centres such as Mountbatten Vocational School)
* Post-Secondary and Tertiary Education (Junior colleges, Institutes of Technical Education, polytechnics, universities)

Criteria

* The nominee must be a registered client of SADeaf.

* The nominee must be a full-time student in a Primary School, Secondary School, Vocational Institute/Training Centre or Post-Secondary/Tertiary Institution in Singapore.

* The nominee must either show evidence of excellent academic results or shown substantial academic improvement in the previous full academic year.

* Nominees need not be a top student; a student who has shown significant improvement in academic results or shown evidence of excellent academic results will be considered. For nominees who wish to submit based on the criterion of significant improvement in academic results, please submit the previous two full academic years’ results.

* Nominations must be supported by proof of academic performance of the previous year: January to December 2022 for primary and secondary school students; or most recent or previous full academic terms for students from other educational institutions.

* Evidence of active participation in co-curricular activities, community service or proven leadership qualities will earn extra credit.

* Only one Outstanding Deaf Student Award will be conferred in each category every year.

Click on this link for nomination of Outstanding Deaf Student Awards.


2. Teacher of the Year
The award is presented in the form of a plaque together with a certificate to any teacher or educator (including the principal of the school) who is deemed to have contributed to the academic and personal welfare of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing students during the previous full academic year.

Criteria

* Nominees must be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents.

* Only one Teacher of the Year Award will be conferred each year.

* Teachers who have previously been nominated or awarded for the Teacher of the Year Award could be re-nominated.The award vetting panel will call for an interview when two or more promising candidates are identified during the selection process.

Click on this link for nomination of Teacher of the Year Award.


3. Outstanding Deaf Sportsman/Sportswoman Award

The award is presented in the form of a plaque together with a certificate to the winning Deaf or hard-of-hearing Sportsman and Sportswoman who have distinguished performances in sporting activities during the previous full year. These can be evidenced by sports awards obtained, records and activities denoting leadership qualities or good sportsmanship.

Criteria

Nominees must be registered clients of SADeaf.

Only one Outstanding Deaf Sportsman Award and one Outstanding Deaf Sportswoman Award will be conferred each year.

* The outstanding sportsman/sportswoman must have:
– participated in sports at the constituency level, school level, national level or public competition;
– won a medal (either gold, silver, bronze or come in either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd); and/or
– displayed leadership qualities (through evidence of leadership roles)

* The outstanding candidate who achieved the highest number of active participation with medals won in either one particular sport or various sports activities will qualify for the award.

* The award vetting panel will call for an interview when two or more promising candidates are identified during the selection process.

Click on the this link for nomination of Sporting Awards.


4. Special Talent
The Special Talent Award recognises a Deaf or hard-of-hearing individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievements which do not fit in any other award category. The award is presented in the form of a plaque together with a certificate.

Criteria

* The nominee must be a registered client of SADeaf.

* The nominee must have attained achievements in the arts field (such as performing, visual, literary, etc arts), culinary, business, career, or any other areas, but excluding academic and sporting achievements. These should be evidenced by awards obtained, proven record of leadership, etc.

* The previous year’s awardee will not be eligible.

* Only one Outstanding Special Talent award will be given each year.

Click on this link for nomination of Special Talent Award.


For enquiries, please e-mail ca@sadeaf.org.sg

(Note: One winner from either the Outstanding Deaf Student Award, Outstanding Deaf Sportsman/Sportswoman Award or Special Talent Award will be invited to sit in the Award Vetting Panel the following year.)

Use of Sign Language

Many people believe that Sign Language is exclusively used by the Deaf, but were you aware that signs and manual communication are widely employed in various other leisure activities? In the world of scuba diving, a system of signed gestures is utilised to convey instructions, navigate, identify different species of fish, and communicate potential hazards to fellow divers. In addition to this universal code, while individuals with normal hearing may encounter difficulties conversing underwater, at considerable distances, or when separated by glass barriers, Sign Language enables the seamless exchange of information as long as there is a direct line of sight. Acquire the knowledge of Sign Language alongside your partner or friends, and open up the opportunity to engage in underwater conversations, communicate over extended distances, or converse through glass, all without the need to catch your breath!

Illustration by: Kenneth Chin (Canlaken), Year 2023.
Commissioned by The Singapore Association for the Deaf.

Engage trained sign language interpreters for Deaf patients who require them

Knowing what your doctor is saying is an important part to understanding about your personal health especially when it comes to providing informed consent before selecting and receiving treatment or undergoing surgeries. This isn’t usually an issue for most hearing persons, but for the D/deaf and hard of hearing, this could pose an ethical problem. The engagement of trained interpreters in a medical setting is important in ensuring that patients are aware of their conditions, proposed treatments and the accompanying risks, in order to make informed choices for themselves.

Illustration by: Liang ZhiJie (Isaac @ZhiJieArt), Year 2023.

Commissioned by The Singapore Association for the Deaf.

Make education accessible for the Deaf

Assistive technology and alternative communication modes can help Deaf and hard-of-hearing students gain full access to education. Institutions like schools should provide access options such as closed captions, engaging interpreters and notetakers, and alternative learning aids.

These ensures that Deaf and hard-of-hearing students have equal access to information as well as a meaningful and rich learning experience.

Illustration by: Kenneth Chin (Canlaken), Year 2023.

Commissioned by The Singapore Association for the Deaf.

SADeaf’s 68 Anniversary Charity Car Wash and Carnival

SADeaf’s 68th Anniversary Charity Car Wash and Community Carnival is a fundraising campaign that aims to support the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and DeafBlind community.  

The event will be held on 27 & 28 May (Sat & Sun), from 10am to 6pm.

Your cars will be washed by our supportive Corporates and SADeaf Volunteers.  Food and merchandise stalls are available at our Charity Family Carnival and Entry is FREE.  Carnival coupons can be purchased on-site.  Our 68th Anniversary Bundles are also available, with a free car wash entitled only to the first 100 purchase of the $68 Anniversary Bundle.

Your kind donations will help us provide essential services and support programs to empower over 6,000 beneficiaries towards a better quality of life.


Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity.
See you in May!

🥳 Sign up here!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyIPLqgPgqc2D7nMG9Ar9cBZ_sDSVpyDJIVrgpk1_r33bWTw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR274v0miR1AcCDugQU76Jqt79rEqDw4pAGWpv4jgOPeYY6SO_gk1SRtGxw


🎉 Donate here!
https://www.giving.sg/the-singapore-association-for-the-deaf/washforthedeaf68?fbclid=IwAR0cOJ8WPip86y_mfAWEefjBe6N88g67jSL6RPdQwiq7SwMyOjRLSi5nkaw

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