Dan Keplinger, artist, motivational speaker and the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary “King Gimp,” will be on the University of Texas Medical Branch campus this Friday, July 12 to share his story.
Keplinger has mixed spastic and athetoid cerebral palsy and paints with a stick attached to a headband. When he was around 9-years-old a documentary film crew began filming children with disabilities from different economic backgrounds that were mainstreamed in various education systems. The crew became interested in Keplinger’s journey and continued to film him throughout his life, resulting in the documentary “King Gimp.” It reveals how Keplinger discovered his voice through art and suggests that intelligent individuals with speech impediments and physical impairment are often perceived incorrectly.
Keplinger’s presentation will begin at 5 p.m. in the Levin Hall Main Auditorium at 10th and Market Streets on the UTMB campus.
The event is sponsored by the dean of the UTMB School of Health Professions, UTMB department of occupational therapy and UTMB Student Life.