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How to say "special needs person" in French?

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Sharing for an abundant future. This post is for my belle-mère, Marsha, who recently welcomed a dear and cherished grandson, "Christian," born trisomique (Down's Syndrome).
 
Today we ask ourselves how to say "special needs person" in French? Meantime, here is a related word, learned recently while gardening with a group of special needs students in France:

minutieux (minutieuse)

    : careful, meticulous, fastidious


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Ensuite la venue de Pascal et son groupe du foyer Maurice Dujardin des personnes belles, touchantes et très minutieuses. Next came Pascal and his beautiful, touching, and meticulous group from the Maurice Dujardin center.

 

A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse

We left off, in the previous story, in a lush permaculture garden by the sea--where I was telling you about the arrival a mysterious French woman--une femme semencière!

Standing in a patch of pumpkins, she might have been the rebel rose trémière, those favorite flowers of mine--especially the rare ones with dark, coffee bean petals with heart-colored nuances, just like her shiny hair.....

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  My new permaculture friend! Here with her daughter.

"Je m'appelle Laurence," the dark-haired woman said, reaching out to shake my hand. Though her features were delicate and lovely, I knew by the frank handshake that here was a person who could get right to the core of things, without complicating matters.

(Now's a good time to segue to the present moment, where I'm sitting at my keyboard wondering how to introduce the next heroes of our story: the group of special needs students who arrived soon after to participate in the seedgathering workshop. But how to say "special needs person" in French? ...

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Sorting chickpeas at the workshop "Récolte ce que tu sèmes."

I leave you with Laurence's words, part of her garden journal which arrived in my mailbox soonafter the workshop ended.

Bonjour! (Hello!)

Nous revenons du jardin avec une plénitude totale...
We've returned from the gardin with a total abundance...
 
La découverte de la ruche et de nos nouvelles amies--quel bonheur !!
The discovery of a beehive and new friends--what happiness!!
 
Ce matin dès 10H nous accueillons Kristi et Cynthia deux americaines heureuses de nous rencontrer ENFIN... This morning around 10 we welcomed Kristi and Cynthia, two Americans that were happy to FINALLY meet us.

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  A tamis, or sieve, to catch the seeds.

Ensuite la venue de Pascal et son groupe du foyer Maurice Dujardin des personnes belles, touchantes et très minutieuses.
Next came Pascal and his beautiful, touching, and meticulous group from the Maurice Dujardin center.
 
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Damien, Sacha, José, Valérie, Jean-Pierre et moi même commençons l 'atelier avec des techniques de récoltes bien différentes et amusantes... Damien, Sacha, José, Valérie, Jean-Pierre and I began the workshop with unusual and amusing ways to harvest (seeds).
 
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Thanks, Jean-Pierre Rossi of MOUVEMENT COLIBRIS for this photo. 

À PIEDS NUS SUR LE DRAP POUR RÉCOLTER LE LIN BLEU
BAREFEET ON THE SHEET TO GATHER FLAX SEEDS
 
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Damien who, along with Laurence, taught seedsorting to us students

SOUFFLERIE POUR GARDER QUE LES GRAINES... 
BLOWING (on the husks) to KEEP only THE SEEDS...
 
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CHACUN A FAIT SA PART ET ENSEMBLE NOUS SOMMES !
EACH DOES HIS OR HER PART AND TOGETHER WE ARE (ONE)!
 
Des Moments de douceurs et de partages, ainsi va la Vie !! 
Moments of sweetness and sharing, so goes Life!!
 
 
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Thank you very much Laurence, for this heartwarming note and to your father, José, to Damien, to Pascal and his big-hearted group. Thanks also to my friend, Cynthia, for coming with me!


French Vocabulary

trisomique = with Down's syndrome
une femme semencière = seedkeeper (or seedcarer) woman
la rose trémière = hollyhock
récolte ce que tu sèmes = harvest what you sow
le tamis = sieve
...and the opening photo reads:
la valise vivante = the living suitcase...
aux semences libres = with free seeds
libre d'échange = free to exchange
non HBF1 = non hybrid
oui à la vie reproductible = yes to reproductive life

 

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Breizh, our 8-year-old golden retriever (and Smokey's mom)

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