Dad overwhelmed by response to video about Down syndrome

Harry Sullivan hsullivan@trurodaily.com
Published on February 24, 2016

GREENFIELD, N.S. — It was a moment he couldn’t take back. Or so he thought.

After listening in a store to another father struggling to explain to his two young sons what Down syndrome is, Greenfield, N.S., resident Robb Scott walked away mentally berating himself for not stepping in and in helping to educate the boy in a positive way.

“I heard this voice in my head say, ‘Tell them, you can tell them exactly what it is,'” said Scott, while thinking of his five-year-old son Turner, who has Down syndrome.

Not one to confront others publicly, however, Scott walked away. He got in his car and started to drive around until eventually deciding he could still act on the moment by recording his emotions in a video on his Smartphone

“I failed those kids and more importantly, my son,” Scott said.

The short video he recorded and posted to Facebook, however, has gone on to reach far more people than the three people he might have spoken to in the store and the reaction Scott has been receiving has been overwhelming.

Between 6 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 20) and Tuesday afternoon, the video had received 592,000 views and 8,513 shares.

And it continues to grow.

“This has reached way beyond Down syndrome,” Scott said. “What I did was in the moment. It was very reactional. I wasn’t trying to be an advocate, I was just putting it out there. “