About Frog & Ted

tuilerie garden in Paris with my autistic son

Taking a break from our museum visits in the adjacent Tuilerie Gardens

Affectionate slang for a French person. My husband self-identifies with this label/condition which predisposed our offspring to bilingualism, multiculturalism, dual citizenship and related disorders.

Troubles Envahissants du Développement
French phrase meaning developmental disabilities. One of the labels for my neurodivergent son. The others are Autiste and Epileptique.
T.E.D. is also the acronym used here for
Travel in Europe Differently

Frog & TED was inspired by the title of a beloved children’s book. The series Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel were among my children’s favorites when they were very young. In each story two friends are faced with a simple dilemma which Frog approaches differently from Toad. Friendship triumphs as wise Frog eases uncertain Toad through his frustrations. These tales show the better side of human nature and encourage its readers to act on behalf of others. Toad is dependent on Frog’s friendship just as our now adult son is still dependent on others.

What is the motivation for this guide ?

Frog & Ted celebrates cultural diversity and neurodiversity. It aims to foster awareness and acceptance. In the United States, someone once asked us incredulously “There is autism in France? ” We often hear similar questions about everything from European attitudes towards people who are differently-abled to how does my son handle jetlag with our frequent travel. The first article Welcome to Holland in France is my personal perspective. Articles are specifically about cultural institutions making accommodations to include visitors of all abilities and our experience as we explore them. Exposure to culture is a means towards social integration. The Arts allow everyone to see beyond their own limitations whatever those may be.

What can you expect to find in Frog & TED?

This is the guide I wish I had as a young mother. It is my silver linings playlist where you will hear about accessibility and inclusion initiatives at museums, theaters, concert halls and other cultural venues. Read it to learn some practical tips and “handi-phrases” in French that will enable you to discover France’s rich cultural heritage. Browse its pages to meet some extraordinary people who, via the Arts, significantly improve the quality of life in France for those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. I will share stories of the different ways we explore artistic treasures in unusual places – beyond the well-known monuments – and invite you to do the same by posting comments or asking questions here.

Frog and Toad are Friends

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Frog & Ted highlights the “leaps” towards including people of different abilities in the city of light.

Vive la Difference !

13 thoughts on “About Frog & Ted

  1. C’est magnifique de faire honneur à la différence. Je pense à ma fille que je vais aller chercher à son stage en entreprise pour handicapés. Retard psychomoteur et troubles du comportement pour elle, elle a 20 ans. Très bon et beau courage pour ton blog. Je vais la chercher là, elle fini à 16h30… Good bye…

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    • Merci for your kind comment! This was in the Tuileries garden during FIAC. There are contemporary art installations there in October every year, including the “chaise longue” on which we are resting.


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