Royals Sign First Pro Baseball Player With Autism The Kansas City Royals have signed outfielder Tarik El-Abour to a minor league contract.
El-Abour is believed to be the first professional baseball player with autism. previously played in the independent Empire League, where he won Rookie Of The Year while hitting .323. That same year, he was invited to a Royals game to throw out the first pitch for Autism Awareness Night. Now, he's signed a contract with the Royals and has reported to Arizona for extended spring training.
The Royals have taken steps to make Kauffman Stadium friendly to fans with autism, including installing eight Quiet Zones and setting up concession stands with visual menus for non-verbal guests.
More than 3.5 million Americans live with autism.
Do you know anyone who lives with autism? What are some difficulties they encounter in everyday life?