As parents, aunts, uncles and older relatives, we will always try to protect younger members of our family.
Sometimes it’s from the schoolyard bully, sometimes it’s an issue of confidence, and sometimes it’s facing up to the ignorance of others.
Rob Scott is the father of a young boy. He loves his son. He calls his son the teacher – bringing him on a path of learning. Rob is a dad to a boy with Down Syndrome.
Last week Rob was in a shop looking at films, when he overheard a man who was shopping with two children talking about Down Syndrome. When the man was questioned by his son, the other man labelled the condition Down Syndrome as an ‘illness’, adding that it meant the person ‘knew nothing’.
After leaving the shop, Robb was angry he had ‘failed’ his son by not correcting the man.
Minutes later, he decided to rectify that moment by telling the truth about how Down Syndrome is one of the most beautiful things that happened in his life:
“It’s amazing. It’s funny. It’s kind. It’s loving. It’s cuddly. They are great teachers, people with Down’s syndrome. It is not an illness.
“A well-educated man does not have more to teach than my son. He has different things to teach, but he does not have more to teach.”
This is an incredibly raw, honest speech you need to watch today.
This is important for me to say. Excuse my emotion.Kelly Macintosh-Scott.