Anne Abbott Profile

ANNE ABBOTT

Artist, natural talent makes for good business

“It takes me to another dimension where I can focus on forgetting about everything. And it feels brilliant to create something beautiful.”

- Anne Abbott

Zach Anner

ZACH ANNER

Humor, adventures keep Zach Anner rolling

“One thing that I have learned is that you can never let a disability stop you from doing the things you want to do. I try to look at it as something I have to cope with. It’s a challenge – there’s no doubt about that – but it’s one that shouldn’t stop people from pursuing goals.”

- Zach Anner

Josh Blue with Mouse

JOSH BLUE

Comedian, cerebral palsy is a laughing matter

“A life of pursuing my dream and rocking the microphone every night, and receiving a standing ovation is not a bad way to live your life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

- Josh Blue

AJ Brown

AJ BROWN

Artist and writer uses creativity to surpass boundaries

“In art, there are no mistakes.”

- AJ Brown

Mark Giovi

ZACH FENELL

Aspiring writer finds joy, perspective through words

“Share your story and don’t shut down…Give people an opportunity to get to know you. Answer questions about what it means, and don’t try so hard to blend in.”

- Zach Fenell

Mark Giovi

MARK GIOVI

Singer hits the right notes in Las Vegas

“I always tell people to let go of their inhibitions. I used to have all of these concerns about my movement on stage, but in the end, people didn’t seem to notice.”

- Mark Giovi

Rick Hohn

RICK HOHN

Painter expresses everyday life through art

“I strongly believe in giving of myself as much as possible. In doing so, people that know me don’t notice my disability. In return, my giving comes back to me.”

- Rick Hohn

Hank Holland

HANK HOLLAND

Artist’s work hangs on many walls – including the Vatican’s

“My heritage is here in Louisiana. I grew up on the bayou on a boat – I cut my teeth in the swamp…I like Louisiana themes; the kinds of places where I spent time with my family and where I spend time today.”

- Hank Holland

Geri Jewell

GERI JEWELL

Actor and comedian credits tenacity, determination for showbiz career

“People who don’t get out of their comfort zone don’t grow. I don’t believe in failure; I believe there are setbacks that are put into our path to teach us something and move us in a different direction.”

- Geri Jewell

Dan Keplinger

DAN KEPLINGER

Artist’s canvas becomes his voice

“In my work I hope to show everybody that they have the ability to persevere.”

- Dan Keplinger

Gregg Mozgala

GREGG MOZGALA

Dance expands actor’s movement, creativity

“I will always have cerebral palsy. But I now have a better understanding of just what that is, how it affects me personally, and how I can manage it better on my own, from within. That’s huge.”

- Gregg Mozgala

Andrew Pilkington

ANDREW PILKINGTON

Independent filmmaker uses talent, persistence to make movies

“What’s great about this simple technology is it gives people with disabilities an opportunity to compete in today’s workforce and completely assimilate into today’s society. It really breaks down that wall that used to be for people with disabilities. Now they have productive lives and they get to contribute to society to survive. I’m really thankful for that.”

- Andrew Pilkington

Ron Sapinoso

RON SAPINOSO

Cerebral palsy doesn’t dim filmmaker’s artistry and vision

“People need to remember they are the star of their own movie.”

- Ron Sapinoso

Paul Smith

PAUL SMITH

A tribute to the typewriter artist

Born in 1921 during a time when people with cerebral palsy received little support and garnered little attention from the community, Paul Smith lived a full life painting intricate pictures with what, at the time, was a common office machine – the manual typewriter.

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