I met Michael Avila toward the end of April, 2009, and I started photographing him in June for a project that will publish soon. Michael has cerebral Palsy. He lives with his mother and sister, who is also disabled, in Midwest City, Ok., but he spends his days at the Metropolitan Better Living Center in northeast Oklahoma City.
At his home in Midwest City, Michael plays with his toys in front of the television and looks up occasionally to watch a scene from Kindergarten Cop. When a neighbor comes by the house to visit, Michael backs toward him laughing, and hoping for a pat on the back or a hug.