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Collin College Hosts Immersive Deaf Experience

March 22, 2017 Collin College will host “Deaf, Deaf World: A Simulation of Deaf Culture” from 2-5 p.m., a silent dinner from 6-7 p.m. and entertainment featuring “Wink” Smith Jr. from The “Wink” Show from 7-9:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano.

Free and open to the public, the daytime event offers participants the opportunity to experience life in a completely Deaf environment, learn basic American Sign Language (ASL), and learn about Deaf history and civil rights for the Deaf community. The afternoon event also offers workshops, exhibits, skits and local vendor booths with unique items.

 “Deaf, Deaf World is an ideal event for learning about Deaf culture and for students to hone their proficiency in American Sign Language. It is also a wonderful opportunity for members of the Deaf community to network and enjoy a great dinner and entertainment,” said Dr. Don Weasenforth, dean of academic affairs at Collin College.

Tickets and advance registration are required by March 31 for the evening silent dinner (optional) and entertainment featuring a variety of Deaf performers including writer, comedian and performer “Wink” Smith Jr. Tickets for the dinner and show are $26 for adults and $11 for children under 13. Tickets for the performance only are $15, and children under 13 are free with an adult.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Collin College interpreter student scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, visit and click the link in calendar events. For general information about the event, contact LeRoy Terrio at  For questions about registration and payment, contact Don Weasenforth at . 

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.