Disability Is An Issue That Affects Every Individual, Community Neighborhood, And Family

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“Disability is an issue that affects every individual, community neighborhood, and family in the United States.” [IOM] The birth of a baby bought me joy, excitement and expectations of a future filled with happiness and success. But in years time the joy, excitement and expectation of a “normal” future was replaced with emotional crisis of shock, denial, and disbelief. Then a long moment of anger, guilt, depression, shame, lowered self-esteem, rejection of the child, and overprotectiveness. Eventually, I accepted my child, and his disability. My son was diagnosed with severe Autism at the age of 2 and half years old. I claim that my son 's disability effected my family and me in so many ways but in the end some of us finally found the joy in my son 's eyes. And yes there are a lot of “bad” days but when the “good” days come I can not express the happiness it gives me. I was in denial and I know it. I lost my “perfect” son in January 2007. I had found out that my “perfect” son was having trouble. He was only two, I thought my wife was just having some fun with me about it. But what was denial turned into fear and shock. She had seen our son go from this little ball of joy to a boy within a bubble. He no longer spoke, he would wake up in the middle of the night laughing in the dark, and he found joy in repeating things. A Head Start teacher suggested it may be Autism. I looked it up and my shock and disbelief turned to depression and low self-esteem, I had a…

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