Robb Scott overheard a conversation between a father and his two children while he was visiting a local movie store on Sunday in Nova Scotia. The father was discussing a movie about a character with Down syndrome. One child asked the father, "What is Down syndrome?"
According to Scott, the father told his child that Down syndrome is an "illness of not knowing anything."
Scott, whose young son has Down syndrome, wanted to correct the man in the video store, but he decided not to say anything. He now regrets staying silent.
"I let that ignorance grow in another generation and failed my son in the process," Scott said in a Facebook video.
The dad wanted to "reset what just happened," so he made a Facebook video to inform the public why "Down syndrome is one of the best things that ever happened to me" and why living with Down syndrome is perfectly normal.
Every year, about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the U.S. It's worth noting that, despite the man in the video store's assertion, a majority of children with Down syndrome learn to read and write, and a growing number of adults with Down syndrome are living independently with limited assistance.
That's what Scott wanted to set straight.
"Down syndrome is literally one of the most beautiful things that's ever happened in my life," he said in the Facebook video. "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."
Scott's Facebook video went viral with thousands of shares. He was proud that his video gave him a second chance to make up for not saying anything in the video store.
"It's just blown me away," he told CBC. "It's certainly made up for it. To think that I missed that opportunity with those two kids, but now what it's doing? There's something karmic about that."
After the video went viral, Scott also posted a Facebook photo of his children, including his son with Down syndrome, so that "people can see who the video was about."