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

Neurocosmopolite

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 architecture, when I was a college student, referred to building construction standards mostly for people with physical handicaps. Currently, accessibility guidelines encompass multisensory accommodations for a range of physical and mental 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