Freedom Friday: Dustin from ‘Stranger Things’ speaks out about his disability
Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin on “Stranger Things,” has a disability ― and he’s not ashamed of it.
Last week on the British talk show “The Jonathan Ross Show,” he opened up about his cleidocranial dysplasia, a condition he was born with that affects the development of bones and teeth. Gaten does not have collarbones and still has his baby teeth, which causes him to speak with a lisp.
“I just want to raise awareness for it,” he told Ross. “And let people know that it’s not something that you should be afraid of showing.”
“When they (creators of the show) wrote it into the show, I [started] getting a lot of messages and emails online from people who have the condition, saying that it really helps them come out of their shells a little bit.”