Today I’m excited to have the first father on the show, Olivier, a fabulous visual storyteller who shares his and his wife’s journey of being their child’s advocate in a segregated school system in his documentary film Forget me Not.
What We Talked About
- Becoming a parent of a child with down syndrome
- What it means to be your child’s advocate
- What is inclusive education and what we can all do about it
- What does IEP mean
- Getting advocates to help you on this journey is crucial
Things to Remember
“Every child has their challenges.”
“All I want for my son is for him to have a full life and have the opportunity to be the best version of himself.”
“It’s so hard to be objective when it’s your own child.”
“It’s not doom and gloom, take it moment by moment and you’ll figure it out together.”
“You just cannot put expectations on your child for what they are going to be.”
“What you’re seeing in an inclusive classroom is a mirror of what society should be. You’re seeing children that don’t see differences, they see each other for who they are.”
– Olivier Bernier
“There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” – Robert M. Hensel
Watch Forget Me Not Documentary
Henderson K-12 Inclusion School in Boston
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
Let’s Continue the conversation…
Now, Olivier and I want to know from you!
How are you making education more inclusive? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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More About my Guest
Olivier Bernier is one of Rota6’s founders and its creative director. He has been working professionally for over 10 years where he has had the opportunity to bring his unique vision to stories in multiple formats including narrative features, branded content, commercials, and documentaries.
- Website: Forget Me Not
- Facebook: Forget Me Not Documentary
- Instagram: @forgetmenotdocumentary
- Twitter: Forget Me Not Documentary
- LinkedIn: Olivier Bernier
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