On February 2016, Robb Scott posted an emotional video after he overheard a father tell his son what Down Syndrome was.
“It’s an illness of people not knowing anything,” said the father.
Scott, then 41, related, “I heard that voice in my head say ‘Tell ‘em what it is.’ But I didn’t. I let that ignorance grow in another generation and failed my son.”
In tears, he continues, “Down’s Syndrome is literally one of the most beautiful things that has ever happened in my life. It’s fun, it’s brilliant, it’s amazing… They’re great teachers, those with Down Syndrome. It’s not an illness… Not even a disability. Just because you read slower or you don’t run as fast doesn’t mean you have a disability.”
Scott, who lives with family in Nova Scotia, is a doting parent with wife Kelly to two children, Griffin, 8, and Turner, 6. Turner has Down Syndrome.
The video went viral and since then, his own sons have been shattering misconceptions on the condition and showing millions around the world what Down Syndrome truly is.
In a video on the Facebook page “Special Books by Special Kids”, the pair talk about what it’s like to be brothers.
“It makes me feel good to have a brother like him,” says Griffin.
“I love you because you make me laugh,” says Turner, who showers him with hugs and kisses. The two keep laughing throughout the video
Their genuine love for one another—Turner constantly tells Griffin whom he calls “Biffin” that he loves him—has melted the hearts of some 21 million viewers:
Like all siblings, the two have moments where they fight, but it is clear that Griffin deeply cares for his younger brother and is protective of him. In a 2016 video, he mentions that he defends his brother from people who laugh at him.
Their dad is assistant coach to a baseball team where the two are able to play.
According to the page, Griffin first learned that Turner had Down Syndrome when he was three years old. His reaction: “If Turner has Down syndrome then so do I.”
According to the National Down Syndrome Society in America, “Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm—although each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all.” JB
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