Autism no obstacle to baseball dreams

Autism no obstacle to baseball dreamsDavid M. Lawrence | Goochland, Virginia

Dustin Powers has known for years that he learned things differently than most other kids, but he never let that get in the way of his pursuit of one of his great passions in life – baseball.

Powers, the son of Duane and Amy Powers and a student at Goochland High School, has played baseball for years, most recently on one of Goochland’s Dixie 15-17 baseball teams.

He also has Asperger’s Syndrome, a less severe form of autism. Decades ago, youths such as Powers would have been put into special schools or special classrooms and discouraged from participating in sports. Powers, though, is not so easily discouraged.

“I’ve been playing baseball since I was 7-years-old,” he said. “I enjoy playing and I enjoy watching baseball. … I’ve been loving baseball ever since I was little.”

One of his classmates at Goochland High School, Ford Slater, said Dustin’s love for baseball is easy to see.

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