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ReelPeople: UP Abilities
February 12
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UP Abilities is an evening with three extraordinary speakers with disabilities who share their personal journeys. The evening includes opportunities for the audience to also visit with the speakers in smaller groups. UP Abilities is a partnership with the UP Experience, which curates and designs custom events providing world-class speakers so that audiences can be educated and inspired by exceptional stories and ideas.

Tuesday, February 12: ReelPeople: UP Abilities:

UP LogoThis event, a partnership with The UP Experience, features presentations from three extraordinary speakers that will open a window into the world of disabilities with both intimacy and urgency. After the speakers' presentations, attendees can attend smaller Q&A sessions with the speaker of their choice. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at A.D. Players at The George Theater. Tickets are available for $18.

A.D. Players at The George Theater
5420 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056

Jen Bricker in her wheel chair

Jen Bricker

Born without legs, one would think Jen Bricker would be destined for a life of hardship. However, her amazing adoptive family gave her one simple rule, "Never say can't" and helped her forge a life of triumph, not tragedy. Always challenging herself, Jen transitioned from a State Champion in power tumbling into an accomplished acrobat, aerialist, speaker and bestselling author.
Erik Weihenmayer climbing a wall

Erik Weihenmayer

Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest and has since completed his quest to climb all the Seven Summits - the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. Erik founded an organization called No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers and contribute to the world.
Amanda Boxtel walking with her leg braces and crutches

Amanda Boxtel

Amanda Boxtel currently serves as Executive Director for Bridging Bionics Foundation, which aims to bridge human mobility with exoskeletons and bionic technology. She is honored to have been announced as the CNN Heroes Top 10 for 2018. After more than two decades of paralysis and a journey across continents, her pursuit is one of spirit-mind-body transformation. While her spinal cord injury took away her ability to walk, it didn't take away her ability to dream as she continues to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.