"He never considered himself handicapped," says his 74-year-old maternal grandmother, Jane Gann. Clay and his parents, Clarence and Beverly Dyer, have lived in the same Hamilton, Alabama, home with Jane and her husband, Pride, since 1991, when Beverly went back to the University of Alabama to pursue her doctorate in education. The eight acres of shaded land and the family support have proved to be as healthy as they are convenient — and have given the grandparents more time to marvel at Clay. Jane goes into the bathroom and demonstrates how Clay presses his electric razor within a stack of towels and moves his face around the rotating blades to shave. "He does the same thing with his toothbrush," she says. She has seen him do this for most of his 30 years, but she still speaks incredulously, as if describing how she saw a grizzly bear putting on a nightgown.