This is one of many emails I receive from students and educators to share my view about living as a person with a disability.
What do you talk about in your motivational speeches?
tell stories from my life, a lot of is related to living as a person
with a disability but really they can relate to everyone. We all have
challenges in life, but I want to show people there is always a way to
get over them. If one way is not work try another, it is okay to ask
for help. I also talk about find your passion in life, because they
become asks of kindness that can change our world for the better. Even
the smallest can change a life for the good.
How do you communicate in different ways?
biggest one is my art, I do a lot of social media to keep up with
disability topics and to put my thoughts out for people to think about.
I really am not one to talk about my daily life on it, but put out a
lot of my art and things that I feel passionate about. I feel like
social media has open a new world of communication for the disabled
How has cerebral palsy affected your life? How do you express yourself?
CP is just about doing things differently, I can do what ever I want
just with twist. It is a life style that chose me, it might take longer
to do things but I get them done. If might take me twice as long to
have a conversation in the end my thoughts may be valuable then others.
What is your belief about cerebral palsy?
still feel that I do have CP, but it does not control me. It does
present more challenges in life, but CP is just part of my personality
and help lead me down the path I am taking in life. I have never asked
why I have CP, or if there was a way to fixed it. Once I was visiting a
school and a student asked me the magic pill question to take away my
CP. I replied, I would not take it because having CP is only way of
life I know. To take away my CP would be like dropping off to live on
My Family and I have decided to open a working studio, not a gallery. We will be holding workshops and private events such as screen printing, wine and canvas nights, and live drawing sessions. We welcome participates of all ages and skill levels, we want to make art accessible to everyone as a tool of expression and bringing people to for fun!
Help us reach our goal so that we can purchase supplies and open shop!
King Gimp Studio is a shop dedicated to providing a fun, educational screen-printing environment for learners and hobbyists of all ages and levels. Learn more about us at facebook.com/kinggimpstudio.
The King Gimp Studio Fundraiser Event on April 1st will be featuring Dan Keplinger drawing live. The completed piece will be raffled at the event and one lucky winner will take it home! Raffle tickets are $50 and all proceeds during the event go towards the purchase of final art supplies required to officially open our shop!
We do offer the option of buying raffle tickets online for those of you who cannot attend or who wish to make donations! The link is https://rallyup.com/king-gimp-studio, any gift that you can offer is appreciated.
Last night we stopped by our friends' that happens to live in a "Residential Home" for people with disabilities. The reason for our visit was to cheer up our friends, since one of the roommates passed away suddenly. One of the house staff asked us to leave right away with asking our friends what they wanted, because was not a planed visit. This JOKE of a "staff member" even called the house manager to tell us to leave.
Once again this make me wonder if the "Residential Home" are the new institutions? If this is our friends' home why don't they have a say, as everyone else does in their home. Sometimes you have to break the rules in the times of grief. The staff member showed no respect for her clients, the truth being the clients are her boss. You are damn well sure that I will be make a visit the another CEO!
I have been asked by Autism Speaks to post about what I am thankful for. Really that is a quite easy question to answer.
I am thankful for the networks that I developed in each stage of my life to help me achieved the successes. They range from being fully educated to having a thriving career as an Artist. With their help and believe in me, I have been able to show the world that people with disabilities can do anything that we want to.
I can still call the producers of King Gimp and tell them I am a bit stuck with something and we will figure it out. I can email my professor at Towson University for advice, or to get help on my latest projects.
Then you have the people as Smoot, Brianna, and countless others who support me during the studio madness. Most viewers look at my artwork and see what I created, but not the assistants who help in the studio. Sure they help with mixing paints, prepping the canvas, but also snacks and hydrations. Then there are the days that the magic is not happening, so we go do something ridiculous to recharge the creative batteries.
Although I will keep reaching for my next stage of life, there will always be a team of ninjas supporting me.