Autism- Friendly Louvre en Tête

Imagine attending the blockbuster exhibition Leonardo da Vinci lead by its curator while the museum is closed to the general public! Whether you call it relaxed, sensory inclusive, or autism-friendly, putting that word in front of the Louvre may seem like an oxymoron. Continue reading

Frog & Teddy Bear

toy bears sit in the seat of a theaterIt looked like a Bach to Baby concert. Onstage, a flutist accompanied a storyteller in captivating Continue reading

Proust, Love and Autism

Book Cover Kids Like UsMartin is a kid like my kids. His mother is American, his father French and he is bilingual. Like my kids, Martin loves French food, art, and books. My son will obsessively read the same book over and over Continue reading

Cité de l’Architecture Turns Ten

autism in museumsIt almost looked like a scene from Atypical, the popular Netflix series about a teenager on the autism spectrum. The Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine museum celebrated its tenth anniversary last weekend with, Continue reading

A Cultural Approach to Neurodivergence

Art performance, RISD 2014 Elisa Palluau

photo courtesy of the artist Elisa Mae Palluau

Designing the built environment to be inclusive of all ages and abilities is a relatively recent concept. Barrier-free, back when I studied architecture, referred to building construction standards for people with a physical handicap. Currently, accessibility guidelines encompass multi-sensory accommodations for a range of physical and intellectual abilities. Yet, it is often the social barriers Continue reading

Fa Si La Philharmonie de Paris

Making difference easy (facile) at the Philharmonie de Paris

fasiladifference concerts at the Philharmonie de ParisDepending on the context “There is a first time for everything” has different connotations. Most “firsts” are a mix of anticipation and anxiety. The premiere Fa-Si- La-différence concert at the Philharmonie de Paris is an example. Continue reading