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

Heart & Flour at the Café Joyeux

disabilities employmentBright yellow neon lights in the form of a smiling face emanate from the window of the Paris storefront. A black bicycle vendor cart with the slogan Je suis joyeux  (I am joyous) is parked on rue Saint-Augustin at the entrance to Passage Choiseul. This sets the mood even before one gets 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