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…

WHY WE THINK OUR PETS MIGHT ALSO BE ON THE SPECTRUM

This article appeared on March 29, 2018 on Spectrum Women Magazine   A Spectrum Women collaboration, edited by Maura Campbell Kate Ross, Anita Lesko, Jen Elcheson, Lisa Morgan, Becca Lory, Christine Jenkins, Terri Mayne, Jeanette Purkis, Barb Cook Spectrum Women share a love of animals and we definitely reckon Kathy Hoopmann was on to something in her…

THE TOP TEN THINGS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GIRLS ON THE SPECTRUM

https://medium.com/specialolympics/user-submission-from-the-uk-maura-campbell-on-why-its-about-more-than-the-r-word-f4b44ff2a8d This article appeared on March 8, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   A Spectrum Women collaboration, edited by Maura Campbell In honour of International Women’s Day, the Spectrum Women writers have compiled a list of things we think it’s particularly important for parents or carers of girls on the autism spectrum to know. Maura Campbell…

WHAT’S IN A WORD?

This article appeared on February 21, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell Words are powerful.  They allow us to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions. Words can also hurt.  Whoever coined the old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me” must have led a charmed life. I…

What I wish I hadn’t said to my colleague

This article appeared on August 29, 2017 on BBC News Website as part of BBC OUCH Tales of the Misunderstood. An event where seven people with a disability or mental health difficulty performed a story about awkward moments as part of BBC Ouch's storytelling event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. by Maura Campbell  and images by Charlotte Edey…

An open letter to comedians on why learning disability doesn’t have to be part of the punchline

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Getty image by Carlos Photos This article appeared on January 31, 2017 on The Mighty under the title 'How Comedians Can Stop Using Words That Insult People With Disabilities' by Maura Campbell  Editor’s note: This article contains language some readers may find offensive.   I have noticed an interesting phenomenon in comedy shows: the more a…