Instead of focusing on his disability, a Florida man born with cerebral palsy is celebrating the many things he can do, and has landed his dream job.
Keith Grieser, 24, is employed at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, preparing visitors for upcoming security screenings.
“We have upwards of 4,000 people in attendance during Spring Training and Keith works on the front lines,” Kyle Schafer, a spokesperson with the stadium, said in a statement. “Keith’s efforts help to streamline the process and he’s making the work load a lot easier for his co-workers.”
The stadium is the Spring Training home of the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as four minor league teams.
Schafer explained that Grieser is stationed toward the entrance and has a script pre-programmed into his audio device for him to make various announcements as visitors line up for their security screenings.
“We spoke about Keith’s abilities and his limitations,” said the stadium’s assistant general manager, Alex Inman. “Keith had to be able to do the job […] we focused on what he could do and we hired him.”
Grieser was able to get the position through Work Opportunities Unlimited, a company that specializes in helping people with disabilities find employment.
“Through his job, Keith has grown in confidence,” resource worker Susan Scaperotto said in a statement. “You can see it in his face. He knew what he wanted. He wanted a job and he was determined to get it.”
This wasn’t the first time Grieser triumphed through his cerebral palsy diagnosis.
Grieser, who has used a wheelchair and an adaptive audio device most of his life, walked across the stage on his own two feet during his high school graduation in 2015 – the first time he walked in 14 years.
“Keith is part of his community and he’s contributing in meaningful ways,” Scaperotto said. “You couldn’t ask for more than that.