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Jacqueline Carol 'Jacqui' Jackson is a writer on autism issues with a background as the single parent of seven children, three girls and four boys, of whom 2 boys and one girl are on the autism spectrum. Jackson and her family appeared in a BBC documentary, My Family and Autism, screened in 2003. A drama called Magnificent 7 featuring Helena Bonham Carter as Maggi—a character based on Jacqui Jackson—was screened by BBC Two in 2005. "It's a warm, moving and largely unsentimentalized portrait of lives lived at different points along the autism spectrum. Imaginative camerawork gives viewers brief insights into how the boys variously engage with the world (their autism manifests itself in everything from colour-sensitivity to an inability to understand idiom). But it's Sandy Welch's script - humane and funny - and the remarkable performances (the children match Bonham Carter every step of the way) that give this an irresistible power and poignancy."  Jackson lives in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The music was written by Sheridan Tongue.
Jackson's sons are:
- Matthew – the oldest child in the family. Matthew was born prematurely and has dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder.
- Luke – diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and developmental coordination disorder. Luke wrote a book called Freaks, Geeks and Asperger's Syndrome about his life with the condition which was published when he was 13.
- Joe – has ADHD
- Ben – the youngest child in the family. Ben was born prematurely and is autistic.
Jackson also has three daughters named Rachel, Sarah, who has autistic spectrum disorder; and Anna.
- Multicoloured Mayhem, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003, ISBN 1-84310-171-8
- Damned Hard Day: Living with AD/HD, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005, ISBN 1-84310-296-X
- Jacqui Jackson website
- National Autistic Society on Magnificent 7
- BBC on Magnificent 7
- Magnificent 7 at the Internet Movie Database
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