Years ago, Stephen Wampler made a commitment to find a way to enable children with disabilities to take advantage of and embrace the outdoors. Born with a severe form of cerebral palsy, he set out to climb the biggest rock face in the world.
The documentary film, Wampler's Ascent, tells the story of Steve's successful ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Stephen and his wife Elizabeth will be in Cincinnati June 14 for a screening of the film and a discussion, presented by ReelAbilities Cincinnati. He joins us this afternoon, with 2017 ReelAbilities Cincinnati Film Festival Co-chairs, Jenny McCloy, Melodic Connections Board president, and occupational therapist with May We Help, Kim Vincent; along with WVXU reporter Bill Rinehart.
The ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival was the first of its kind to present award- winning films by and about people with disabilities. In 2012, Cincinnati was the first city to follow in New York’s footsteps by hosting a ReelAbilities Film Festival. In 2014, the festival’s national headquarters moved to Cincinnati where it is managed by Living Arrangements for Developmentally Disabled (LADD), Inc.
ReelAbilities will present an encore screening of Wampler’s Ascent at the Kenwood Theater on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a talk back with Steve and Elizabeth Wampler, moderated by WVXU reporter Bill Rinehart. The event benefits Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. For more information and to view the Wampler's Ascent trailer, click here.