This is Casey MacKay and this is what a broadcaster looks like.
A graduate from Humber College’s Television and Broadcasting program, 23-year-old MacKay is now pursuing a career in sports broadcasting working as a program assistant with the CBC. It’s a position he thoroughly enjoys, as he spends his days creating shot lists and clipping videos.
“I’ve never been somewhere where they’ve been so friendly and patient and welcoming,” he says.
“I think whenever companies see a person with a disability and see their skillset rather than their physical limitations that is a big thing.”
And while MacKay has spent years consuming the media, if you asked him about the representation of the disability community he agrees more work needs to be done.
“I did not see enough people on TV or on the news—and I still don’t see enough people—with disabilities being represented as much as they should be,” says MacKay.
“I’d like to see hosts being represented and actors, in movies, with disabilities. I’d like to see disability being talked about more. And I think if all that were to be done it would be a real eye-opener, not only for my generation but for any generation to come.”