Heroes Awards 2012 – Ireland’s Awards for Deaf or Hard of Hearing


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Call to nominate the ‘heroes’ of Ireland’s Deaf or hard of hearing communities

The search for the 2012 ‘heroes’ of Ireland’s Deaf and hard of hearing communities has begun with the call for nominations for the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards 2012. A joint initiative between Ireland’s premier hearing healthcare provider Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society, the initiative honours those who are Deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence.

Members of the public can nominate their ‘hero’ who they feel deserves to be recognised for an Award across several different categories and nominees can also put themselves forward for an award. Submissions can be made by email, post or by Irish Sign Language through video. Two new award categories, a student award and an organisation award, have been introduced this year, which is the second year of the Awards.

There are nine Award Categories in total this year:

  • Social Contribution Award – recognising contributions to society / communities
  • Workplace Award – an award for someone who has excelled in the workplace
  • Youth Award – for those aged between 6 – 18 who have achieved much in their young lives
  • Grandparent Award – nominations for a special grandparent
  • Sportsperson Award – recognising outstanding sporting achievement
  • Media Award – for a campaigner who has highlighted topics related to those who are Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – for an individual who has played a key role over their lifetime.
  • Student Award – an award for a Deaf / hard of hearing student who has excelled at second or third level education.
  • Organisation Award – for an organisation that works on behalf of or in conjunction with Deaf / hard of hearing communities.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.hiddenhearing.ie or www.deaf.ie by requesting a nomination form at awards@hiddenhearing.ie , by filling out an entry form in Hidden Hearing’s 65 branches and clinics around the country or at the Irish Deaf Society headquarters – 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7. Video nominations with Irish Sign Language can also be submitted which will be transcribed by the Irish Deaf Society – contact awards@irishdeafsociety.ie or 01-8601878.

The winners of the Heroes Awards will be announced at an Awards ceremony in Dublin.