It all made sense when we found out we were autistic

Interviews: Lucy Edwards
(additional research by Amber Dawson)
Productie: Paul Kerley
Fotografie: Phil Coomes
SWNS
Alison Baskerville
Editor: Kathryn Westcott
Publicatie datum: Monday 26 Maart 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...

Van: BBC News. Lees hier meer

It all made sense when we found out we were autistic

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