Interviews: Lucy Edwards
(additional research by Amber Dawson)
Production: Paul Kerley
Photography: Phil Coomes
Editor: Kathryn Westcott
Publication date: Monday 26 March 2018
About 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum, according to the National Autistic Society
Five times as many males as females are diagnosed
Autism is under-diagnosed in females
“I’m Maura Campbell.
I was born with the social skills of a used teabag.”
“That’s how I described myself at the BBC Ouch storytelling event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year.
I’m now 50. Six years ago I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. Like many women, this came after the diagnosis of my son, Darragh.
If it wasn’t for this, I’d have gone through the rest of my life unaware of why I felt different.
As a child I’d felt as though everyone but me had been given a manual on how to behave around other people.
I was more comfortable around pets. Because I performed well academically and masked my anxiety, I flew under the radar.
People assumed I was just shy...
From: BBC News. Read more here