There are many misconceptions about people with Down syndrome. And hearing misconceptions about them could be hard to bear, especially to the parents of these equally adorable and competent human being.
Rob Scott from Truro Nova Scotia, is a father of a child with down syndrome, who uploaded an emotional video of himself explaining to others, who people with down syndrome truly are.
According to the concerned father, he was in a video store when he had overheard a child asking his father about down syndrome. Apparently, the child watched a movie about baseball featuring a man with down syndrome. The child, being an innocent bundle of joy, inquired about the nature of this condition.
The Canadian dad, overheard the response of the child’s father. “It is an illness of not knowing anything.” To the child’s father’s credit, his response did not come off as mean. The Canadian dad even noted that the father was searching for the right words to say to his son.
However, that is what made the situation even worse. The father’s answer to his child is how he honestly perceived people with down syndrome are.
Robb, upon over hearing the conversation, was stunned. He was speechless and did not know what to say. Frustrated at himself, for not standing up for his son and other people with the same genetic condition, made a video to enlighten everyone about Down Syndrome.
“I didn’t step up for my son and for other people with Down syndrome, and that was devastating for me in that moment,” quite disappointed to himself, Rob shared to the video “So I just wanted to right that publicly for myself.” Rob added, the he couldn’t let this kind of ignorance be passed down for another generation.
“Down syndrome is literally one of the most beautiful things that’s ever happened to my life.” Rob shared his honest insight.
“It’s fun. It’s brilliant. It’s amazing. It’s funny. It’s kind. It’s loving. It’s cuddly,” he added. “They’re great teachers, people with Down syndrome. It is not an illness.” Robb reiterated numerous times how Down syndrome is not an illness, nor it is a disability. Stating that a disability is more of a perception.
“Just because you read slower or you don’t run as fast does not mean you have a disability. People are teachers and students. We are both… We have the ability to teach things, and we are here to learn things. A well educated man does not have more to teach than my son. He has different things to teach but he have no more to teach. His knowledge is not more valuable.” An emotional Scott defended and stood not only for his 5-year old son with Down syndrome, but as well as to the other people with the same genetic condition as well.
The emotional footage of Scott was uploaded to his social media space, Facebook. After a few minutes, the video was shared thousand times and generated an overwhelming support, not only for people who is a family of those with Down syndrome, but for others as well.
The touching video of Scott garnered over 870,000 views. With these amount of views, it is with a hopeful heart that people would know who people with Down syndrome really are.
Watch the emotional video of Rob Scott, a father of a 5-year old kid with Down syndrome who is just as equally wonderful, loving, talented, and smart as any other kids.
Share Scott’s video to educate more people and hopefully put an end to the ignorant views and opinions about kids with Down syndrome.
Photo | Robb Scott