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…

‘Dina’ – Movie review

This article appeared on January 24, 2018 on Spectrum Women Magazine   by Maura Campbell Dina (2017) is an unconventional love story featuring an autistic couple, Dina Buno and Scott Levin, and was the recipient of the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The movie charts the weeks leading up to Dina and…