When A Dad Failed To Speak Up For Disabled Son, He Couldn't Hold Back

A father who failed to speak up for people with disabilities used social media to explain what it feels like to have a son who suffers from Down syndrome.


This is important for me to say. Excuse my emotion.Kelly Macintosh-Scott.

Posted by Robb Scott on  Saturday, 20 February 2016


Young father Robb Scott was at a store picking out a movie with his 7-year-old son Turner when he overheard another kid ask his dad, “What is Down syndrome?"

The confused father, who was caught off hand with a rather complex question, simply said it was “an illness of not knowing anything.” Although Scott did not say anything at that moment, sitting in his car later he poured his heart out in a video and took a public stand for his son and many others like him who had Down syndrome.

"Down syndrome is literally the most beautiful thing that's ever happened in my life. It's fun, it's brilliant, it's amazing, it's funny, it's kind, it's loving, it's cuddly. They're great teachers, people with Down syndrome. It's not an illness. It's not even a disability,” the emotional father said as he controlled his tears.

"Just because you read slower or don't run as fast, does not mean you have a disability to me. This is what I learned from Turner. Disabilities are perception."

The Facebook video has been shared by over 9,000 people, liked by more than 7,000 and viewed 773,338 as of now.

Scott and his wife Kelly Macintosh-Scott live in Greenfield in Nova Scotia with their son. The couple has taught the little boy some amazing dance moves while the child has taught his parents to rethink success.


The video by Scott is an excellent reminder that people with disabilities or illnesses have plenty of valuable ways to contribute to their communities. We all have our faults and we all deserve to be treated with dignity.

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