My Father's Gift

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My Father's Gift

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Growing up with Deaf parents, Wink watched them recount their life story in American Sign Language (ASL). In 1987, Wink’s father was working nights at the post office with plans to go back to college, when his life was redefined: his wife’s car was hit by a train. Wink’s mother’s accident framed the stories he grew up with.

Looking back, he realizes just how much his parents taught him about life, hardship, love, the beauty of ASL, and the value of Deaf Culture. He witnessed firsthand ASL storytelling: being led through each scene and feeling the jolts of the twist and turns no matter how many times he’d seen the story. Those twists and turns he relived with his parents over the years have become a part of him, eventually leading to the creation of My Father’s Gift. This show shares his parents’ powerful story. 

Visit the scene of his mother’s accident, and the following confusion at the hospital. See his father fight to defend what he believed was right, no matter the cost. Peek later into Wink’s kindergarten class where, as a CODA, he had his first introduction to the hearing world. Audiences can expect joy, frustration, sadness, and hope on this journey. Watch as Wink shares his father’s many gifts. 

Rated PG
102 Minutes
16:9 Widescreen Ratio
Presented in ASL, English Voice and Subtitles
Bonus Features:
Visit the accident site
Parents see the show
The drive
And more!


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, RID, 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 2015 alone, Wink’s professional travels covered enough miles to circle the Earth over three times.


Produced by Winkshop, Inc
Authored and Directed by: Wink

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