1. Advocating for Classroom Inclusion with Olivier Bernier Dr. Cam 17:47

In this episode of Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam, I’m joined by father and filmmaker Olivier Bernier. Olivier and his wife Hilde created the award-winning documentary, “Forget Me Not: Inclusion in the Classroom,” which follows their journey as their son Emilio with down syndrome prepares to start school. The film aims to break down the social and systemic barriers that routinely segregate and hide children with intellectual disabilities from society.

Olivier shares his story and provides guidance on how we can address the inequities in the education system for our own children. 


3 Big Takeaways:

  1. Children with disabilities are being systematically segregated.
  2. Classrooms should mirror the society we want to live in and we all have a part to play.
  3. Everyone benefits from inclusive education- both neurotypical children and children with challenges.


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Cameron (Dr. Cam) Caswell, PhD, the “teen translator,” is an adolescent psychologist, family success coach, and co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve student, staff, and parent well-being.

For over two decades, she has been helping parents build strong, positive relationships with their teens through improved communication, connection, and understanding. Dr. Cam is a TEDx speaker, host of the Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam podcast, co-creator of the “I Am Enough” teen 12-week workshop, author of Power Phrases for Parents: Teen Edition, and co-author of Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution.

Dr. Cam is the mom of a teen too, so she not only talks the talk, she walks the walk!