But she did it to make him stronger — to make him repeat the physical process and become in control of his body.
RJ Mitte, who stars on “Breaking Bad” as Walt Jr., was diagnosed with a mild form of cerebral palsy at age three. But he did not let this early diagnosis hinder him.
“I had crutches on and off. I was in the wheelchair on and off,” Mitte said. “But I overcame it with lots of exercises — lots of painful, painful exercises.”
Without any form of physical support, Mitte spoke in the UNC Genome Sciences Building Thursday night about disability rights, how he transformed his disability into an asset and how he went from bullying victim to Hollywood star.
Mitte said individuals with mental and physical disabilities are often relegated to a room of mindless inactivity, limiting their capacity to grow.
“People with a disability just get put on a couch — put on a couch with a TV in front of them. That’s not living your life,” he said.
Organizations like Best Buddies, the nonprofit responsible for raising money and bringing Mitte to campus, are helping to alleviate this problem.
Best Buddies pairs UNC students with members of the Chapel Hill community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities