LILY GOH

KNOWN FOR

Lily Goh’s ExtraOrdinary Horizons promotes arts, culture, heritage and language among the deaf. She first rose to attention during season one of Singapore Idol, when she became the first deaf participant to get through two rounds of the competition. She plays the marimba in the Purple Symphony, an inclusive orchestra.

THE CAUSES

After attending the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Camp in Brisbane, Australia in 1999, she started volunteering for the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) and has helped to address facets such as the need for interpreters and the poor accessibility in education and employment. Passionate about effecting social change and breaking down communication barriers, Goh is currently studying a part-time course on Sociology with Communication at UniSIM.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“In Singapore, there are 70,000 people with hearing loss. SADeaf has 5,500 registered clients. Singapore has five full-time interpreters. How will they manage such high demand from the deaf community? Additionally, it is important that we redress the stereotypes around sign language — using the language neither removes your vocal ability nor renders you dumb or mute.”