Unfortunately, many children and adults with special needs may find it difficult to get involved in athletic programs. Programs may be hesitant to accept special needs participants out of fear of injury or due to lack of resources.
Special needs children are often offered therapies, programs and resources while they are school aged. But, there are very little opportunities available for special needs adults.
Taylor Duncan, an adult on the Autism spectrum, decided he wanted to change this. Duncan started Alternative Baseball, an athletic program geared towards special needs adults, aged 15 years and older. The program is designed to provide special needs adults an opportunity to work on transitional, social, and occupational skills.
The program, which follows traditional major-league rules, now has 25 teams – with the most recent started in Philadelphia. The program is open to adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and fetal alcohol syndrome.