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
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
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:
* 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)
* 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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
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(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.)