My Father's Gift
Looking back, he realizes just how much they taught him about the beauty and value of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. But most of all, this is a beautiful story of Windell Jr’s parents, Windell and Gwen Smith, their love for each other that was tested by a horrific car accident, their community that they leaned on for support, and the core beliefs and values that are rooted in Deaf Culture. All of these are wrapped up in this entertaining story, so come join us as we look up at Deaf Culture.
Growing up Windell has always seen his father and mother recount their life story. Windell got to see firsthand ASL storytelling, living the experiences and feeling the jolt from the twist and turns, even if it was the hundredth time he seen the story. Seeing and feeling these ASL stories had lead Windell to the creation of a live show in order to share his parents beautiful story with the twist and turns he beheld growing up in a Deaf home. Audiences get a taste of various emotions: laughter, joy, sadness, hurt, frustration and uplifting moments that will leave the audience with courage, interest and hopefully experiencing these moments can put not only each audience member’s life in perspective but also their view of the Deaf community and CODAs.
16:9 Widescreen Ratio
Presented in ASL, English, and Subtitles
Visit the accident site
Parents see the show
Authored by: Wink
Wink, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice (RID Views, Winter 2012). Presenting workshops the last five years at national conferences (NAD, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. A fun fact: in 2012 alone, Wink’s professional travels covered enough miles to circle the Earth over three times.
We don't get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we've all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.
Steve Jobs (Fortune Magazine)