Julie Mazziotta
August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

People with disabilities deserve better opportunities in movies and TV, says Breaking Bad‘s RJ Mitte.

The actor is calling for a change in the film industry as he prepares to co-host the U.K. network Channel 4’s coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games.

“I’m really looking forward to co-presenting the Paralympics, and I truly hope Rio 2016 will open up further opportunities for other disabled actors in TV,” Mitte said at the Edinburgh TV Festival, according to the Irish Examiner. “If we can make this happen, we will in turn help change attitudes towards disability across the world.”

Mitte, 24, has cerebral palsy, and used his experience with the disorder in his role as Walter White Jr., on Breaking Bad.

Mitte as Walter White Jr. on Breaking Bad
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“I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without my disability,” he said. “It was my acting ability that landed me the role, although my disability helped get me the part of Walt Jr. – like everyone else I went through a grueling audition process.”

According the Irish Examiner, a 2014 U.K. study found that out of over 250 TV shows, just 2.5 percent of characters have a disability.

Another actor making headway is Kurt Yaeger, who became an actor after he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, landing roles in Sons of Anarchy, NCIS: Los Angeles, and a new Cinemax show Quarry, debuting in September.

Yaeger was concerned at first that his disability would limit him, but instead found grateful fans.

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“It dawned on me that it would be harder to get work, but I really think that it was more of a life question versus how viable it actually was to work in Hollywood,” he previously told PEOPLE.

“The exposure is fascinating. I get to spend a lot of time talking to different people on social media, who reach out to me and tell me how my story has helped them. I would have never guessed that being in the public eye would have put me in the position of being inspirational. I’m just doing what I do!”

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