Autism And Playing Baseball

Adaptive sports are very important today, which is why I am so excited to share some great news and to introduce you to a really amazing young man.

Taylor Duncan is from Dallas, Georgia and doing some great things for those in the autism community.  Taylor was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was four-years-old and while on the ‘high functioning’ side, he still had his struggles.

One, in particular, was not being able to take part in the sport he loved.  Baseball.  Taylor loves baseball but as a child, he struggled to find a team who would let him play.  He would be benched or not on a team at all due to the fears of the coaches.

“They didn’t know how to process (my disability),” Duncan said. “They thought it was a bomb waiting to blow up from what they’d seen from mainstream media.”

Taylor had the drive to play no matter what and with that determination he was able to learn all there is about baseball.  This knowledge, love of the sport, and desire to assist others to be able to play; lead to Taylor starting Alternative Baseball Organization, Inc.

Alternative Baseball Organization, a developmental baseball organization for teens & adults aged 16+ with autism & other special needs.  The league provides a way for players to learn the skills of baseball in an encouraging and supportive environment by adapting their pitching styles and equipment to fit the ability of each player.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is displaying a featured exhibit on Alternative Baseball Organization.  For April and May, the hall will help bring awareness to Alternative Baseball Organization’s mission to turn disabilities into abilities and break barriers. Taylor himself says ” “Not every disability is a disability. It’s a disadvantage.”

To commemorate Autism Awareness Month, the hall is giving family passes for 4 people to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201.

Get your FREE pass here:

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For more information and to get more passes, visit the Georgia Hall of Fame web page.

More on Taylor and Alternative Baseball Organization:

www.alternativebaseball.org  

www.facebook.com/alternativebaseball

www.facebook.com/officialtaylorcduncan 

What other sports would you like to see having adaptive programs?

 

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