Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Topic: "Why My Voice is Important" or "Why My Opinion is Important"
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.
To Enter: Interested students should contact their local Optimist
Club. To find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Programs department
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, 2013.
For an application with contest rules, click
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.
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 2012-2013 Club CCDHH Planning Guide. Click
here to view the 2012-2013 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.
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.
*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.