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Deaf dancer received Outstanding Deaf Achiever Award

Publication: Lianhe Zaobao
Date: 18 September 2018
Reported by: Wang Tingting
Translated by: Loke Jia Li

How did a dancer who cannot hear music manage to dance on stage?

Gan Jun Huan, a 20-year-old who loves dancing, is Deaf. The Beatty Secondary School student can only hear faint sounds and has to pay closer attention to her dance partners to ensure her dance moves are accurate.

She said: “I love dancing, so I don’t feel tired at all.”

Jun Huan was awarded the Deaf Achievers Award – Special Talent by The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) this year.

The International Week of the Deaf (IWD) cum Awards Ceremony was held last Saturday. Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat was the Guest-of-Honour.

More than 100 people gathered at Toa Payoh on that day to sign words in sign language, in the hope to set a record in the Singapore Book of Records for “The Most Number of Signs posted on Facebook in 2 Hours”.

SADeaf will organise events in conjunction with the IWD from 24th to 30th September to promote the status of sign languages and the rights of deaf people. The theme for this year is “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included”.

SADeaf Executive Director Sylvia Teng said: “Through various activities, we hope to promote greater public awareness of the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community.”

At the IWD cum Awards Ceremony, there were many activities for members of the public to participate in, such as learning basic signs and games to understand the challenges the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community face. Volunteers also put up performances to lift up the atmosphere.

In an interview, a Ngee Ann Polytechnic student who performed at the event said that they hope to encourage the Deaf and the Hard-of-hearing to lead positive lives through dance. In line with the theme this year, they included many signs in their dance moves and made some enhancements to help the public understand the signs better.

Kiddy ride company a safe haven for the deaf

The Straits Times – 10 September 2018

Successful Deaf Entrepreneur, Mr Robert Chew who is one of the biggest operators of kiddy rides in Singapore.

Mr Chew is one of the long-serving Executive Council members of the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf).

Helping disabled and disadvantaged cooks find the opportunity to showcase their skills

Talent from our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community …

Deaf baker, Ms Tay Lee Keng.

Do drop by her stall at Dignity Kitchen to try out her yummy muffins & cookies and to show your support!


Easy Access: Bringing theatre to the Deaf

Easy Access: Bringing Theatre to the Deaf – Wild Times (June issue)

Companies like W!LD RICE and Pangdemonium have been working with Sign Language Interpreters from SADeaf to make their shows more accessible to the Deaf.

Cheap & Good: Hidden gem serving light and healthy pho in Orchard Road

3 June 2018 – The Sunday Times

Featured Deaf F&B entrepreneur Anthony Teo & his Vietnamese wife Angela Thach.

Rating: 4/5 (for their signature Pho & healthy menu selection)

Do drop by to show your support!

Address: 220 Orchard, B1-07, Midpoint Orchard
Opening hours: 11am to 9pm daily


Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Apple has a tremendous initiative of hosting the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) in their Retail stores and offices around the world.

GAAD is a week long event of raising awareness and education to the public on accessibility as well as hosting a series of talents from the PwD community. GAAD is made available to everyone at the Apple Orchard Retail store (270 Orchard Road)

We are excited to share that there will be talents from our Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community that will be showcasing and presenting their incredible work/skills at the Apple Orchard Retail store.

Details as follows:

Date: Sunday May 20
Live Art: Figures and Caricatures with Isaac Liang
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Join deaf illustrator Isaac Liang for Global Accessibility Awareness Day and learn about his journey around the world, sketching and painting with iPad Pro. He’ll share the fundamentals of figure drawing. Then you’ll get hands-on with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, using lines and colour to create your own caricatures. The session will be facilitated by a sign language interpreter.
To register:…/live-art-isaac-liang-6398202376968…/

Interested to know more about Apple products? Do check out the schedules below:

Date: Tuesday May 15
Basics: Using iPad and iPhone with Hearing Loss
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
To register:…/using-ipad-and-iphone-with-hearing…/

Date: Friday May 18
Basics: Using iPad and iPhone with Hearing Loss
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
To register:…/using-ipad-and-iphone-with-hearing…/

Date: Sunday May 20
Basics: Using iPad and iPhone with Hearing Loss
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
To register:…/using-ipad-and-iphone-with-hearing…/

For the full line-up of GAAD events at the Apple Orchard Retail store, you can check them out below:…/collection/accessibility-collection/

Stephy Ng – Makeup and Hair

Our heartiest congratulations to one of the talents from our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community – Miss Stephy Ng – Makeup and Hair for winning the “Most Bold” category at the Singapore’s TOP Makeup Artist 2018!

The event is jointly organised by LUSH the Magazine and the Makeup Artist Association of Singapore.



Deaf Achievers Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Deaf Achiever Awards!

The objectives of the Awards are:

  • To recognise the outstanding achievements of Deaf individuals regardless of their level of hearing loss
  • To recognise the contributions of teachers who have dedicated themselves to the teaching and mentoring of Deaf students, and
  • To recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations who have made big differences in Deaf lives.


We are looking for outstanding Deaf individuals and dedicated teachers who have made an impact on the lives of Deaf students.  If you know of any deaf friends who had made outstanding progress in their studies, a deaf colleague or friend who excelled in sports, someone with a special talent that deserved recognition or a dedicated teacher that had made an exemplary impact on deaf students in the classroom, please let us know by completing the respective nomination forms.


Please click on the respective award categories below to download the nomination form.
Award Categories

Nominations should reach us not later than 31 May 2018.

If you find their achievements and/or contributions deserve recognition, make your nomination today!

SGSecure Talk by SADeaf: Police explained counter-terrorism messages through sign language

Publication: Shin Min Daily News
Date: 8 April 2018
Reported by: Low Choon Chyuan
Translated by: Jinhua Kuek

For the first time, the Singapore Police Force held an SGSecure talk at the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf). Through a sign language interpreter, they explained counter-terrorism messages to more than 60 Deaf and Hard-of-hearing attendees.

This event, co-organised by SADeaf and Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre, was held at SADeaf premise at Mountbatten Road yesterday afternoon. Tailored for the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community for the first time, the event aimed to provide SADeaf members important counter-terrorism messages.

The presenter reminded attendees to be wary of suspicious characters and objects, and to “run, hide, tell” in the event of a terror attack. The attendees were also taught how to do CPR. Staff members from SADeaf gave simultaneous sign language interpretation on stage at the same time.

More than 60 Deaf and Hard-of-hearing attendees took part in the talk. Many of them raised their hands and asked questions to the police officers present.

One of the attendees, pharmacist assistant Jenny Yeo, 57, told Shin Min Daily News through sign language: “I rarely have the chance to learn about such counter-terrorism information in the past, so I am very glad to participate in today’s event and I learnt a lot.”

Another attendee, 54-year-old accountant Ms Teo, said: “I will share what I learnt today with my family and friends.”

SADeaf Executive Director Sylvia Teng told Shin Min Daily News: “The Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals are just as vulnerable as others in times of crisis. Many important counter-terrorism messages were conveyed in this talk, which will better prepare them to handle crisis.”

Notetakers help the Deaf “hear” the world

Notetakers help the Deaf “hear” the world

Headline: Notetakers help the Deaf “hear” the world

Publication: Lianhe Zaobao
Date: 4 March 2018, Sunday
Reported by: Choy Xin Ying
Translated by: Jinhua Kuek

Standfirst: Mr Yeo Wei Yong has worked at the Singapore Association for the Deaf for nearly three years. To help the Deaf understand their lessons, he uses a laptop computer and a wireless keyboard to transcribe everything he has heard, including lesson contents and small group discussions.

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