You may not be aware of this, but baseball and people with disabilities have a lengthy history. Long before the color barrier was broken, players like Mordecai Brown, William Ellsworth Hoy, and many others were breaking the disability barrier. They were lauded for their athletic abilities, instead of being judged for their disabilities because baseball recognized their value of their skills and talent.
As baseball’s popularity continued to grow, so did the league’s commitment to talent and equality. By recognizing that players are more than their disabilities, baseball is a shining example for how companies should see the talent in potential employees and not just a person with a disability.
Last week, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) took another step towards promoting the pro able workforce by signing an agreement with Kathleen Martinez, the assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy (ODEP). This new agreement is designed to help people with disabilities find employment and feel more included in the workforce.
In an article written by Bill Ladson, a reporter for MLB.com, Martinez noted that,“it’s what people can do that matters.” She went on to say that the ODEP looks forward to working with PBATS in order to shape and improve outcomes for people with disabilities.
This isn’t the first time that PBATS has worked to promote the abilities of the pro able community. In fact, Ladson also noted that in 2013 PBATS launched theAbility Transcends Challenges program (ATC). This promotional and educational program showcases the accomplishments of professional baseball players with disabilities to help corporate America recognize the talents of people with disabilities who might be seeking employment.
By signing this new agreement, PBATS and the ODEP are helping to further the cause that hiring people with disabilities is vital, because it is what you can do, not what you can’t do, that really matters.
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