Featured in the Oscar-winning documentary short King Gimp, Dan Keplinger is an accomplished artist and motivational speaker. He developed CP due to complications from birth but that didn’t slow him down. He attended public school and he holds two degrees from Towson University. His art has been featured in several galleries across the country, and it is a testament to his talent and ability.
Geri Jewell is an award-winning actress, comedian, author, and motivational speaker who received national recognition for being the first person with CP to be cast in a prime time television series, starring in NBC’s The Facts of Life and HBO’s Deadwood. In 2011, she published her autobiography, I’m Walking as Straight as I Can, detailing her experience in Hollywood with disability.
Christy Brown was an Irish painter, poet and author born with a severe case of CP. For years he was incapable of any movement or speech until he gained control of his left foot. With the help of his mother he learned to speak, read, and write. He is most famous for his autobiography, My Left Foot, and being portrayed by Daniel Day Lewis in a movie of the same name.
RJ Mitte is best known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White Jr., on the AMC television series Breaking Bad. In 2006, he moved to Hollywood, where he started working with a talent manager in hopes that he could find roles that would educate viewers about CP. He is a prominent voice in cerebral palsy awareness, serving as spokesman for actors with disabilities for the Screen Actors Guild, and as an ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy.