HOUSTON – 25-year-old Taylor Duncan is breaking barriers for individuals with autism and special needs through his favorite sport.
He’s the founder and director of the Alternative Baseball Organization, and he spoke about this inspiring initiative available for teens and adults in the Houston area. The reason behind this project comes from his personal experience.
“I was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of 4. Having developmental delays at an early age, I was often denied opportunities to play competitive, traditional baseball with others my age. Through the years, my mother and other mentors helped me break through those obstacles I had growing up, speech, sensory, anxiety issues, but I would still face the same negative perceptions of what one with autism can and cannot accomplish,” said Duncan, who remembered how he would often be benched or cut from teams.
The Georgia native kept playing and then decided to create an inclusive project for everyone who wishes to play on the ball field.
“I started it after having positive experiences through the years going to training camps from Louisville to Orlando. I wanted to pass off those same characters and social building opportunities I had to others just like myself; many of whom wouldn’t have opportunities in their area due to the lack of services available after high school graduation or to fit their appropriate needs to continue their path toward independence,” said Duncan.