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DownSyndromeI must confess that, until very recently, I did not know that March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. Did you know it?

I did not know either that there are plenty of people with this syndrome who work as teachers and are absolutely great at what they do. We, “normal people”, know very little about diseases, syndromes and incapacities in general, until one of them happens to someone we love or even to ourselves. If this is never the case, we tend to keep a very shallow idea of what some health conditions are.

Our ignorance about them, however, is no excuse for perpetuating our misconceptions. The risk is too high. We may be inadvertently spreading prejudice and making the lives of thousands of people even harder than they already are.

These are just some of the thoughts that came to my mind as I watched this short video of a father talking about Down Syndrome. No surprise it got viral on the web! It is spontaneous, emotional and thought-provoking.

Robb Scott, a father of a 5-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, overheard another father telling his sons that Down Syndrome is a disease of “people who don’t know anything”. Regretful for not having said anything at the time, Scott has recorded a video that has certainly enlightened and elucidated more minds than he could probably expect. And he says something that many special needs parents will certainly agree with: his son’s condition is “literally one of the most beautiful things that ever happened” to his life.

Click here to watch the video; it is more than worth it!