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…

AUTISM IN THE WORKPLACE

This article appeared on September 8, 2016 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell I was born with the social skills of a used teabag. Seriously, I thought maybe the other kids in school had been handed a manual on “peopling” one day when I was off sick or something.  But thankfully I’ve learned enough over…

“So What Exactly is Autism?”

This article appeared on April 1, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell Around this time of year, I usually get asked to speak or write about autism.  I’m happy to do my bit. April is Autism Awareness Month and 2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day. It’s a good opportunity to engage with people outside…

What Autistic Pride means to me by

This article appeared on June 18, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell “What’s wrong with him, then?”  The man gawped at my nine-year-old son, taking in his noise-cancelling headphones, the belt around his waist and the strap attaching him to the dog. He then turned his full attention to me. He stared, demanding a…

The Glass of Milk

This article appeared on July 24, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell The teacher, a stern woman of a certain age, folded her arms across her ample bosom and stared intently over the top of her thick-rimmed glasses.  The reason for her evident irritation cowered before her – a painfully shy seven-year-old girl. A…

The Same Only Different

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This article appeared on September 6, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell Imagine for a moment what it would be like if medical practitioners talked about red haired people the way they talk about autistics.  (Stay with me.) A description of a redhead might go something like this: Nearly 2% of people worldwide suffer…

Jingle Hells

This article appeared on December 19, 2017 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell The festive season is when I feel most like an alien.  Christmas is, from my perspective, the untidiest of the holidays. It is a bizarre mishmash of unconnected traditions overlaid with cloying sentimentality. Why do otherwise sane people dress as Victorians and…