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…

Is learning disability the last bastion of political incorrectness?

  This article appeared on September 28, 2017 on Pos'Ability Magazine   by Maura Campbell Since becoming the parent of a child with additional needs, I’ve looked at the world through different eyes. I noticed very quickly that casual conversation, internet debates and even Disney movies are peppered with pejorative language relating to learning disability. Words like…

About me

I am a features writer for Spectrum Women Magazine and have also written on autism and learning disability for a number of other publications. I live in the Northern Ireland countryside with my husband Stephen, son Darragh, Ash the assistance dog and Baz the cat (who is no help whatsoever). I was diagnosed with Asperger…