Taylor Duncan (from Dallas, Georgia) is the commissioner/director of the Alternative Baseball Organization. Duncan was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. Due to the autism, he experienced speech issues, sensory issues, anxiety issues, and social stigma as a result of the developmental delays. Coaches often wouldn't give him the chance to play the game of baseball as a child due to preconceived ideas of what one with autism can and cannot do, though he never took “no” for an answer.
Through the years, Duncan coached Men's softball and continued to seek one-on-one instruction to help him refine his mechanics and skills from some of the best players in the sports of baseball and slowpitch softball. After going through many highs, lows, successes, and disappointments, he founded the Alternative Baseball Organization to provide an authentic baseball experience where he strives to pass down his learning experiences to others on the spectrum and with other special needs. Alternative Baseball, thus far, has 18 teams in 12 states with many more to be established soon throughout the United States and Canada! The organization and its players strive to break barriers and power through perceptions.
Duncan has been awarded the Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), Advanced Leadership Bronze (ALB), and 2017-2018 Triple Crown awards through Toastmasters International. He was also awarded GA State House Resolution 1420 in honor of his work with Alternative Baseball! His goals are to provide the opportunity for others on the spectrum and with other special needs not only to succeed in his program, but to gain the skills for success both on and off the field. Duncan aims to spread his message to inspire as many as possible around the world as a public speaker.