“I OVERTHINK, THEREFORE I AM”

I have a brain like a runaway train Oh, what will the next station be? Death or disaster? I need to work faster I think the cat might need de-fleaed… I have a brain like a runaway train It’s powered by guilt, fear and caffeine Memories cramped in the vaults that store tales of my…

If Neurodiversity Doesn’t Challenge You, You’re Not Doing It Right

by Maura Campbell Posted on  June 23, 2018 on Spectrum Women “Would you like to pet the lambs?”  This story comes back to me whenever I have to check in with myself on whether I’m ‘doing neurodiversity right’. Let me explain. It was shortly after my son’s autism diagnosis, and many months before I’d cottoned on that I…

THE NIGHT I SAID “I HATE AUTISM” AND WHY I WAS WRONG

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Earlier this week, Chris Bonnello wrote an excellent blog about why he believes saying “I hate autism” is wrong. He approached a difficult subject in a fair, balanced and constructive way, and with some trepidation. He was right to be nervous. This is an emotive and neuralgic issue which can quickly drive autistic adults and autistic…

Maura Campbell: Meet the Spectrum Women Book Authors

This article appeared on April 13, 2018 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell As our book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism is now in its final stages of publication, preparing to be printed for the wide world to see by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, we, the Spectrum Women and authors of this book, felt it…

Parenting, Spectrum Style

This article appeared on April 9, 2018 on Zoom Autism Magazine by Maura Campbell My son is the most adorable child on the planet. This irrefutable, undeniable fact has been independently verified – by both his grandmas.  I am immensely proud to be his mother. Don’t just take my word for it: he’s bewitched pretty much…