DETROIT -- The Tigers and Major League Baseball are working with Jack's Place for Autism Foundation to provide a chance for children and adults with autism to take in a game in a friendly, safe environment.
On Sunday, 500 children and adults with autism, along with family, friends and caregivers, will attend Sunday's game against the Royals in the Tigers' eighth annual Autism Awareness Day. Tickets were donated by MLB and the Players Give Back program.
It's a welcome day for people and families affected by autism. According to recent statistics, one in 88 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder this year, with boys affected at five times the rate of girls, making it the fastest-growing developmental disability.
For many of those kids, it's not easy to take in a baseball game at a Major League park, whether from noise or activity or attention.
"This day is monumental for many of our families, they get to enjoy a baseball game with families facing similar challenges, in a safe non-judgmental environment" says Lisa Price, president of Jack's Place for Autism Foundation and wife of Tigers broadcaster Jim Price.
"Not only will this day result in a fantastic experience for the families affected by ASD, but it will promote awareness in the community of the challenges faced by these individuals, and highlight the need for acceptance -- not tolerance -- of any person living with a disability."