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Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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.
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How to Change the World with Optimism

Topic for the 2023-24 School Year is : “How to Change the World with Optimism”

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 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.

How To Enter: Interested students should contact their local Optimist Club. To find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Michigan District CCDHH Chair at ccdhh@michiganoptimists.org.


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 TBD.


Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

2023 – 2024 Local Clubs Participating in CCDHH

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The list of participating clubs is usually available by December. In the meantime, students are encouraged to work on their presentation, so it will be ready to submit. Most local clubs only accept CCDHH Applications during the months of December and January. Students are to submit to the Club in their community. If one is not listed, submit to the club nearest where you live. Students are only permitted to submit to one club. Duplicate submissions are deleted.

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Whether you’re a parent of a student, a teacher, a youth volunteer or even an Optimist looking for more information, please use the form below and someone from the Michigan District Optimists CCDHH Committee will contact you. Be as concise as possible in the Message area.

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