Dad Who 'Failed' to Speak Up for Son With Down Syndrome Finds His Voice (VIDEO)

Dad shares feelings about son with Down syndrome and not speaking up on his behalf

Words have power. And words can also hurt. While in a video store, Robb Scott overhead a conversation between a father and his two sons about Down syndrome. When one boy asked what it was, the dad's response was, "It's an illness of not knowing anything." Hurt by the comment, Robb recorded this powerful video that speaks about Down syndrome, the words he failed to say, and speaking to our kids about painful misconceptions like this.


Little did that dad know, Robb is the proud father of 5-year-old Turner, who happens to have Down syndrome.

"I heard that voice in my head say, 'Tell them what it is,' and I didn't. And I let that ignorance grow in another generation ... and failed my son in the process."

"I have to reset that button, because I failed him in that moment."

To be fair, Robb mentions how the father in the video store was taken aback when one of his boys asked about Down syndrome (the movie they were looking at starred a character who had it). He wasn't trying to be malicious in any way.

But that doesn't mean that his words didn't hurt, or pass along a common misconception about people with Down syndrome.

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As Robb says:

Down syndrome is literally one of the most beautiful things 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 an illness. It's not even a disability. Just because you read slower or you don't run as fast does not mean you have a disability to me.

Robb's right: Being a little different doesn't mean you're slow or don't know anything. Our children need to learn that everyone has unique qualities -- and even differences that can be celebrated, and not looked at as less valuable.

Not everyone is comfortable speaking up -- or even feels it's the appropriate thing to do. And, even though Robb wasn't able to find his voice that day, I'm thankful he recorded this video, as a reminder for all of us to think about the words we say, and how they might affect others.

I really hope that Robb is able to forgive himself. You are, sir, in no way a failure to your son -- and this video shows how much he means to you.

Thank you, Robb, for your honesty and your truth. Hopefully, this video will inspire diaogue among parents and their children.



Image via Robb Scott/YouTube

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