My name is Ben Hadden and I play Table Tennis for Team USA
- I am the 1st Autistic Athlete known to qualify to compete in RIO 2016!
- I am also Intellectually Disabled and have other Disabilites that require me to have a specially trained Attendant with me at all times when I travel.
I AM A GOLD MEDALIST!
Team USA has DENIED My Request to Have my Attendant/Emotional Coach travel with me to the RIO GAMES. Without this accommodation, I cannot compete!
The funds will be used to help for travel to Texas and onto Rio that the team is NOT paying for.Funds will also be used for me to get some much needed equipment, coaching, and pay for other things like tournaments and travel.
How I Got Here
The doctors said that I could not accomplish anything when I was 5....that I could not LEARN!
Now, I have over THIRTY trophies, medals, and titles at both state, National, and International Levels.
If you have a disability, DON'T GIVE UP!
- God, my mom, sister, and doctor are my support system. I could not compete without them.
Please sign my PETITION and let the USOC that they have to support ALL athletes, even those with AUTISM. It is at:
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