Actor R.J. Mitte of “Breaking Bad” to Speak at University’s Conference on disAbility

August 30, 2017

Actor R.J. Mitte, who played Walter “Flynn” White Jr. in the television series “Breaking Bad,” will be the featured speaker for the evening presentation of The University of Scranton’s 16th Annual U.S. Conference on disAbility on Thursday, Sept. 28. The presentation, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center on campus.

The presentation is the conclusion of the daylong conference, which this year will be an exclusive, invitation-only event titled “Experience the Employment Connection: Possibilities in Action Regional Training Meeting.” The University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies partnered with Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services, Education, and Labor and Industry for this year’s conference. 

The annual Conference on disAbility brings together national, state, and regional experts to discuss a multifaceted approach to improving employment, independent living and transition for all people with disabilities. The conference is hosted by the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies with the support of the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment and Honorary Conference Co-Chairs Edward R. and Patricia Leahy.

Geisinger is the co-sponsor of the evening presentation by Mitte.

Mitte, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of three, acted in several television shows prior to landing the role of Walt Jr., the Cerebral Palsy-afflicted son of Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Skyler (Anna Gunn) in the AMC Network show “Breaking Bad.” More recently, Mitte has appeared in ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” and in the films “Dixieland,” “Who’s Driving Doug” and “The Recall.” He has also modeled in national and international men’s fashion advertising campaigns.

Mitte has spoken publicly about Cerebral Palsy with the hope of removing the stigma associated with disabilities. He serves as the official Ambassador for UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) and Shriners Hospitals for Children and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign, which launched in October 2014 in support of children with disabilities.

For additional information about the 16th Annual U.S. Conference on disAbility, visit, or contact the conference co-chairs Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., director of the rehabilitation counseling program, at or Lori Bruch, Ed.D., chair of the Counseling and Human Services Department, at

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