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Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

Topic: “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future”

Who: The contest is open to young people through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Québec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students must submit the results of an audiogram completed no longer than 24 months prior to the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist. Students must be certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, which must be supported by the audiogram in order to be eligible to compete.

How To Enter: Interested students should contact their local Optimist Club. To find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Programs department at programs@optimist.org.

When:
    Students
    The deadline to enter is determined by the sponsoring Club.

    Clubs and Districts
    The deadline for Clubs to submit their winner to the next level of competition is set by the District. District deadline to submit a winner to Optimist International is June 15, 2015.
For an application with contest rules, click here.

This contest offers an opportunity for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to present their thoughts in the community, gaining skills, which can only come from signing or speaking to a large audience. Patterned after the Optimist Oratorical Contest, the Communication Contest For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing offers hearing impaired youth the chance to compete in speech or sign language.



CCDHH Quick Links

The Optimist International Foundations fund a $2,500 scholarship to any District that meets the minimum participation criteria. You can now view and conveniently print planning pages for any International Program from your home computer. Click here to view the 2014-2015 Club CCDHH Planning Guide. Click here to view the 2014-2015 District CCDHH Planning Pages.

The CCDHH Contest Planning pages are intended for use by Optimist Clubs in organizing and conducting a contest in their Club. They contain no information on entering the contest and are of no use to students wishing to enter the contest. To enter, students must contact their local Optimist Club!

Support merchandise for this program can be ordered through Optimist Supply for US and Caribbean Clubs and from OptiPromo for Canadian Clubs. Contact information for both supply companies can be found here.

Certificates of Participation
If your Club or District is sponsoring a contest, certificates of participation can be presented to all contestants.
Certificate for Club level
Certificate for District level

Publicize the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Optimist International has developed a series of news releases that Clubs and Districts can use in connection with their participation in international programs. Below are sample news releases that Clubs and Districts can use to promote their Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Please note that the .doc version enables users to type their information into fields*, while the .pdf files are for viewing only.

CCDHH - Prior to event (.doc)
CCDHH - Prior to event(.pdf)
CCDHH - After event (.doc)
CCDHH - After event (.pdf)
District CCDHH - After event (.doc)
District CCDHH - After event (.pdf)

*If your Optimist Club or District wishes to use its own letterhead, you can remove the Optimist International logo in the document by opening up the Word document, going to "View," then "Toolbars" and selecting "Forms." When the "Forms" toolbar appears, click on the padlock, then click on the Optimist logo and delete it. For those using Microsoft Office 2007, click on the Microsoft Office button in the upper left corner, go to "Word options" and then select the box next to "Show the Developer tab in the Ribbon" and click "OK." Above the document, click the "Developer" tab and then click on the "Protect Document" drop-down menu. Click on "Restrict Formatting and Editing." At the bottom of the new window to the right, click the "Stop Protection" button.