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Former “Breaking Bad” actor R.J. Mitte is set to speak at The University’s 16th Annual U.S. Conference on disAbility on September 28.
The presentation centers on Mitte’s experiences as an actor, model and advocate for cerebral palsy, a disease he was diagnosed with when he was 3 years old. Mitte is known for his portrayal of Walter “Flynn” White, Jr. on the AMC show “Breaking Bad.” Mitte’s character also lives with cerebral palsy on the show.
Mitte’s presentation will conclude the “Experience the Employment Connection: Possibilities in Action Regional Training Meeting,” a daylong conference hosted by The University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies and Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services, Education, and Labor and Industry.
The conference starts at 9 a.m. with a meeting geared toward teaching participants important skills, such as how to work collaboratively. The invitation-only meeting, which will last until 3:30 p.m., will take place in the James Kane Forum located in The University’s Edward Leahy, Jr. Hall.
Mitte’s presentation, however, will be free and open to the public.
For years, Mitte has used his platform as a public figure to speak about cerebral palsy. One of Mitte’s main goals is to remove the negative ideas that are often associated with disabilities. Rather than focus on what they cannot do, individuals should instead focus on what they can do.
Mitte is an official ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy, a leading service provider and advocate for individuals living with cerebral palsy, as well as Shriners Hospitals for Children, a hospital that specializes in caring for children with orthopedic conditions. Mitte is also the face of Shriners Hospitals for Children’s #CutTheBull campaign. The campaign, which started in Oct. 2014, focuses on putting a stop to the bullying of children living with disabilities.
Mitte’s presentation will be co-sponsored by Geisinger Medical Center.
The Conference of disAbility strives to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals living with disabilities and their families. It promotes a variety of principles, such as productivity, independence, self-determination and individualization. National, state and regional experts come to the annual Conference on disAbility to find ways to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.
The conference has four main goals: to help stretch the imagination, to raise expectations, to improve opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to connect to the local community and beyond.
For more information about the event, contact Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori Brunch, Ed.D., at email@example.com, or visit scranton.edu/disabilityconference.