Screen the movie King Gimp and participate in an interactive question and answer ceremony about the movie, Dan’s personal life, and Dan’s career as a successful fine artist. Live and learn like a King.
About Dan “King Gimp” Keplinger
Known throughout the world as “King Gimp”, Dan is an artist who overcomes a daily battle with Cerebral Palsy to live a “normal” life. Dan took the name Gimp, which means “fighting, sprinted individual” as name to represent himself from an early age. He is an accomplished master painter, award winning fine artist, and an inspiration to children and adults alike.
A Note of Thanks
From King Gimp
You might know me from the Academy Award winning documentary King Gimp.
Since the movie’s success, I have been touring the world to motivate audiences through speaking engagements.
My speaking is motivational, spontaneous and off-the cuff. The central theme is based on my life’s experiences in breaking stereotypes, overcoming obstacles and surprising the world.
The Silver lining in my speaking focuses on what people can accomplish-regardless of their personal challenges. I encourage audiences to think beyond the boundaries that society has forced upon them.
Through speaking, I have been able to tell audiences that success is about finding placement in life through independence, education and breaking barriers while molding your passions.
A common theme that arises at my speaking engagements is a shared belief amongst the crowd that “If Dan can do it... so can I.” These reactions are very personal and touching. As much as I have helped the audiences grow, they have helped me grow. Through their reactions, I have learn that my passion is brought forth as a speaker. While I have helped the crowd find inspiration, They have helped bring my thoughts out of isolation.
For helping me achieve this pinnacle in my life. I would like to say THANK YOU to all of the groups that have invited me to speak for them since 1999. I would also like to encourage all of those who experience any life challenge to continue staying positive and never give up.
The World Is Yours.
Dan Keplinger aka King Gimp
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Dan is an inspiration for anyone. Actually amazing.
What really struck me was the support he received from his wife. He obviously has accomplished many feats before being introduced to her, but the bond between the 2 of them is what struck me the most. Talk about true love.
-Board Member of The Missouri Physical Therapy Association
Uplifting. Inspiring. Convicting. Enlivening.
These are just a few of the words to describe my emotions after encountering the fighting spirit within my friend and fellow artist, Mr. Dan Keplinger.
-Carlton D. Mackey, Emory University
Mr. Keplinger is an honest, open, and accessible artist. His personal struggles and life serve as an inspiration to those who hear his story and motivation for any individuals facing life struggles.
- Nathan M. Sparks Ed.D.
I have seen a thousand middle school students sit absolutely quiet for one hour as Dan, with help from his interpreter Dena Williams, tell of his countless challenges and more recent success born from his never ending love for life, painting, and relationships.
- Richard Stafford, Ph.D.