Take a bow Tarik El-Abour, the world's 1st professional baseball player!
Tarik El-Abour is no ordinary baseball player. That's why the news that he has been signed up for the Royals, a major team in the United States is making so much news.
Being signed up for a major league team is an incredible achievement for any player. For El-Abour it means even more. He is believed to be the first professional baseball player with autism in the world.
El-Abour grew up in California, where he picked up the game of baseball as a kid. He went on to play for his college and was soon declared Rookie of the Year in 2016.
Autism is a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. It also brings with it some unique strengths and differences.
People with autism can be more focused in specific areas. They have a high attention to detail and knowledge, are good at logical problem-solving, and independent thinking.
The Royals team accommodate fans with autism fans by creating eight Quiet Zones around the stadium. They have also set up special concession stands for fans with visual menus for those that are non-verbal.
Regardless of the challenges faced by those with autism, El-Abour is doing well. He faces many odds before reaching the big leagues, but he has become a role model for fans with autism.