I spent 7 days in a basement apartment of a lovely couple’s home near Vondelpark in Amsterdam, with a yellow labrador sitting outside the door in the warm sun. Aside from getting used to the killer-cyclists, who stopped for no one but the tram, my stint in Amsterdam was a gorgeous experience I’m not likely to forget anytime soon.
My contact in the Netherlands was Dr Flip Schrameijer, a social psychologist and founder of Architecture for Autism, a website which is dedicated to Autism-friendly built environments. With a background in the mental health sector, Flip is a researcher and author of multiple books within the healthcare sector. His interest in Autism evolved after writing some publications for a Dutch research centre, Dr Leo Kannerhuis, based around Autism.