We are thrilled to introduce the members of our new National Youth Advisory Panel. To read more about this new panel, and its mandate, click here.
Mathias Castaldo, 23
What are you studying and/or what are your professional ambitions?
I am a recent graduate of Ryerson University with a BA in Psychology. In September I will be starting a Master of Education in Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE (University of Toronto). I hope to one day be a teacher and perhaps a guidance counsellor, working with students with ‘disabilities’.
What are your passions, interests, and hobbies?
I enjoy hanging out and spending time with friends. I love reading, traveling and running.
Can you tell us about your experience with brain-based developmental disabilities?
I have cerebral palsy. It has made certain things difficult for me such as excelling in sports.
I also have a learning disability.
However, I have always found the will to adapt and push myself further. Despite all, I have been able to be athletic and excel in school. I don’t allow my cerebral palsy to define who I am.
What are your hopes for the National Youth Advisory Panel?
I am hoping to learn how research will impact target populations. In addition, I am hoping that the panel will be able to comment on how best to improve the research conducted so that it will have a positive impact on the target population.
Meet the other youth advisory panel members:
Read about our first in-person gathering and training session here.