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Disney's First SIGNin In the Street Left Positive Impressions

"SIGNin' in the Street was designed to bring us together as a shared community. It was a celebration of talent--of both Deaf and hearing artists alike--spotlighting the excellence, creativity, and innovation," said George A. Kalogridis, president of Disneyland Resort.

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Both fans and performers hope that Disney will hold this event SIGNin In the Street again next year.

For example, Asia Viloria, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., attended the event on March 18 and left the event with more knowledge about deaf entertainers who are into acting, music or dance.

"I learned three different name signs for Marlee Matlin, and enjoyed watching the Deaf Community come together," Viloria said. "I gained more ideas of which area I would like to focus on or enjoy interpreting for."

Viloria, 24, recently received her certificate in sign language interpreting from Golden West College in 2011. She is planning on receiving another certificate from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in the near future. Additionally, she had a chance to see the film See What I'm Saying from which she got acompletely new perspective and more knowledge about the lives of CJ Jones, Bob Hiltermann, TL Forsberg and Robert DeMayo.

"I appreciated the vulnerability and raw honesty of the documentary. I was happy to see that everything is working out for them in the present day," Viloria said.

Speaking of ABC Family's new show, Switched at Birth, Viloria is mostly captured by the signing in the show--in which several performers have hearing loss or are deaf: Sean Berdy, Katie Leclerc and Marlee Matlin.

Without a doubt, Viloria will attend Disney's SIGNin In the Street again next time if it is held again.

"Clearly, the tremendous turnout for this first-of-its-kind event in any of our Disney parks speaks to the passion, excitement, and involvement of the local Deaf Community and underscores Disney's commitment to celebrating diversity and holding similar events like this in the future," Kalogridis said.

Also, at the end of the event on March 18, Actor and Comedian CJ Jones encouraged fans to post their wishes for Disneyland Resort to hold SIGN'in In the Street event again next year on his website: http://www.signworldtv.com/. "Bug, bug, bug on them!" Jones also said at the end of See What I'm Saying Q and A session.

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