Frog & Princess at the Opéra Comique

Statues of Manon and Carmen on each side of the grand staircase in Boieldieu lobby at the Opera ComiqueOnce upon a time there was a princess. Like most fairy tale princesses, she was born in a castle to a king and a queen and falls victim to an evil curse. In The Light Princess, a 19th century story by George MacDonald, the spell 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

Noël at Château de Chambord

visit chambord with autistic sonNews that the President of France would be in the Loire Valley last weekend at the Château de Chambord was cause for celebration. In keeping with french tradition, Emmanuel Macron spent 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

When TED met Lucy…

visiting museum with autism spectrum disorders…. at the Musée de L’Homme!

autistic visitor to museum in ParisIn the children’s novel by Carlo Collodi, a wooden puppet is magically transformed into a living boy. The Adventures of Pinocchio, written in 1881, is the most widely read book in the world after the Bible. The 1940 Disney adaptation 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