Deaf Life Honors

The Awards
There are two categories of
awards in Deaf Life Honors.
The DLH Legacy Awards

The DLH Legacy Awards honor several outstanding persons.
The DLH Legacy Awards consist of bronze portrait busts
(Stokoe, Turk, Marbury, Willard) on marble bases.

The DLH Legacy Awards honor several outstanding persons.
The DLH Legacy Awards consist of bronze portrait busts (Stokoe, Turk, Marbury, Willard) on marble bases.

The Veditz Honors Awards

The Veditz Honors Award is given to honorees
in 15 different categories.

See below for details.

A 13" high full-length bronze of
George W. Veditz
signing “honor.”
A 13” high full-length bronze of
George W. Veditz
signing “honor.”
The DLH Legacy Awards
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The Veditz Honors Awards
A list of 15 awards with a variety of categories.
Deaf Exemplar/Mentor
Deaf Exemplar/
Mentor

A teacher, counselor, literacy tutor, coach, etc., who has done an outstanding job of advocating for and inspiring Deaf teens or adults to achieve their best.

Performing Artist of the Year (female)

An actress, storyteller, poet, mime, dancer, etc., who has appeared in public performances, whether college or commercial theatre, on or off Broadway in New York, a Hollywood or independent feature film, at a public venture such as coffeehouse or ASL festival, or with a professional Deaf company.

Performing Artist of the Year (male)

An actor, storyteller, poet, mime, dancer, etc., who has appeared in public performances, whether college or commercial theatre, on or off Broadway in New York, a Hollywood or independent feature film, at a public venture such as coffeehouse or ASL festival, or with a professional Deaf company.

See a list of
all 15 Awards
Request Rules & Guidelines
Available on October 1, 2020.
Nomination Form
Open on November 1, 2020.
15 Veditz Awards

Deaf Exemplar/Mentor: A teacher, counselor, literacy tutor, coach, etc., who has done an outstanding job of advocating for and inspiring Deaf teens or adults to achieve their best.

Performing Artist of the Year (female): an actress, storyteller, poet, mime, dancer, etc., who has appeared in public performances, whether college or commercial theatre, on or off Broadway in New York, a Hollywood or independent feature film, at a public venture such s a coffeehouse or ASL festival, or with a professional Deaf company.

Performing Artist of the Year (male): an actor, storyteller, poet, mime, dancer, etc., who has appeared in public performances, whether college or commercial theatre, on or off Broadway in New York, a Hollywood or independent feature film, at a public venture such s a coffeehouse or ASL festival, or with a professional Deaf company.

Short Film: A film running 89 minutes or less, of outstanding quality. This includes live-action documentaries, dramatic films, and original animated features.

Feature-Length Film: A film or documentary running 90 minutes to 2 hours or more, of outstanding quality.

Best Viral Video: For a short video produced and performed by Deaf people that “goes viral.”

Best Vlog: An outstanding videolog produced and performed by a Deaf person.

Best News/Media: For outstanding online reportage and journalism of Deaf Community issues, whether online or in print.

Visual Arts: Painting, sculpture, mixed-media, high-quality artisan wares, jewelry, etc. Also performance arts, such as ASL/music performance.

Advocacy: For outstanding work on behalf of Deaf people’s language and civil rights, including the rights of deaf children, Deaf prisoners, ethnic/racial minorities, GLBTQ, etc.

Best Business: Any independent, Deaf-run and/or Deaf-staffed business in a variety of applications, including retail, media, fashion, computer development, telecommunications, etc.

Best Entrepreneur: A Deaf person or team who have founded and are currently running an independent business.

Interpreter of the Year: An outstanding professional sign-language interpreter in any of a variety of settings: classroom, legal, theatrical, TV news, religious, etc. This applies to both hearing and Deaf interpreters (Certified Deaf Interpreters).

Newsmaker of the Year: Given to a Deaf person who has made significant positive impact on the public and favorably influenced public perceptions of ASL and the Deaf community.

Foreign Achievement: Given to a Deaf person in a nation outside the U.S.A. who has made significant contributions to the community.