Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Contest Eligibility 

The contest is open to young people through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Qu├ębec 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. 


Interested students should contact Optimist Ted Simmons, our CCDHH District Chair at or their board representative. The Optimist International Foundations fund a $2,500 scholarship for the speaking contest. A second scholarship is funded by the Central Ontarion Optimist Clubs for the signing contest. The Junior winner of both contests are given a $250 gift certificate for books.

donate towards CCDHH Scholarships

Local competitions for youth who can speak, will take place with the cooperation of local school boards. The York and Durham Public School Boards take place in early April. The Toronto Public School Board competition takes place in mid April. 

In order to provide the second CCDHH scholarship, many districts donate other awards. Donations for this second scholarship are greatly appreciated. Please send a cheque made out to Optimist Central Ontario District to: 

Gordon Holly
District Secretary-Treasurer
Please specify the donation is for CCDHH.