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

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 Taste of Science at the Palais de la Découverte

 

Palais de la DécouverteThis week, the Michelin restaurant guide attributed its coveted stars based on rigorous criteria that most food critics call bread and circus. Similarly, when evaluating cultural venues for accessibility, 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

Welcome to Holland in France

holland in france illustration by Elisa Palluau

Neurodiversity runs in our family. That is to say, some of us are neurotypical, others are not, although which is which isn’t always clear. Another complexity: we are a multicultural family. My husband is French, I am Mexican-American, and our French-born children have lived equally as long in Europe as the United States. I have often been asked to describe my experience of raising a child with a disability in France. Continue reading