Topic for the 2023-2024 school year is: "How to Change the World with Optimism "
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 an uncorrected hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, which must be supported by
the audiogram in order to be eligible to compete. Students with permanent correction should
compete in the Optimist International Oratorical contest.
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, 2024.
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.
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!
Information for Optimist Members planning the
Club CCDHH Planning Guide
District CCDHH Planning Guide
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)