Matt Carey is proud of his son with an intellectual disability and determined not to hide him from the world.
When we were expecting our son a doctor told us he would be very disabled. I had feared hearing that and yet I had never prepared myself. I didn’t even know what questions to ask. After many sleepless nights the question came to me. I called a friend of mine whose daughter is disabled and asked simply, “Is she happy?” Yes, he told me, she is generally happy.
I didn’t know whether my son would be able to be happy. In our society we often equate disability with unhappiness.
A few days later we learned this was a misdiagnosis.
When my son was two we realized he was disabled, for different reasons. There were suddenly far too many things to do than we could manage. But I never thought, “My son and I should set an example.”