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Autism Awareness Workshops
Disclaimer: I am not an Autistic Spectrums Disorder expert, nor am I a Therapy Professional. Any advice I give is for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be considered professional advice. Professionals, such as teachers, doctors and therapist should be consulted before any life style changes are made, This website, and my services, should not be seen as a replacement for professional diagnosis, medication, or therapy. Anyone participating in any of my workshop or training sessions are doing so at their own risk, I do not and can not take any responsabilty for any damage to person or products / equipment. I refer to myself as a professional; however this is due to my experiences as an individual with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and my experiences as an Autism Activist and Trainer; not due to my qualifications. Everything on this website is written from experiences and my own personal opinions. I hope to educate and inspire others with my knowledge. I can not guarantee any personal success or results, and will not be held responsible for any lack of success.
Why are my Autism Awareness Workshop's important?
People who have an Autistic disability are often very kind, loyal and honest people - they have many gifts that they often struggle to find. They face bullying and discrimination from people who don’t understand their disability, some on a daily basis. Lack of support makes the world a very difficult place to live in. Sometimes life with a disability on the spectrum can feel like being an alien; existing on the wrong planet and all the frustrations and lack of support that comes with being an outsider who doesn’t belong. Through no fault of their own, thousands of autistic people are desperate for support, but misunderstood by their family, friends and teachers who lack understanding from a sometimes, new and personal point of view. Sometimes it’s really hard to support someone with a disability, if you don’t have that personal insight into the disabled world. Even those who have trained for years professionally to understand the autistic world, may struggle, and can always benefit from an insight into the personal world of someone who lives with challenges day in and day out.
My Autism Awareness Workshops provide a rare, somewhat untold and fascinating view into the hidden challenges of the Autistic World. I create an understanding of the diversities of hardships those with Autism can face, whilst showing how and what they can do to help support someone on the Autistic Spectrum.. Those who would like to support people on the Spectrum really CAN make a difference.
I would like to support you, to make the difference in someone else life.
What is an Autism Awareness Workshop?
I design fun, interesting and interactive Disability and Autism Spectrum Awareness Workshops, with the aim of raising an understanding of the diversities of disabilities and Autism.
Each workshop can host minimum of 10, to the maximum of 50 people and will last an hour and a half. Typically the workshops will include a mixture of thought provoking facts, inspiration and true stories, used as case studies to get participants thinking about discrimination / bullying or role models. Rather then me just talking, I get everyone in the group involved by engaging in open discussion, games and activities.
This is a list of what a typical Workshop will include -
*Introduction into what the session will include
*Case studies focusing on disabilities, discrimination and challenges faced
*Hard hitting facts 'true or false' game
* Celebrities and their disabilities 'Mix and Match'
*Hidden disabilities and how to help
*A speech about my life with Aspergers, the challenges, the gifts, and the inspirational achievements (10-15 minutes).
Who would best benefit from an Autism Awareness Workshop?
I find that Autism Awareness Workshops are perfect for any group of people wishing to learn more about the Autistic Spectrum, whether that be young people or professionals. As each workshop is tailored to the individual needs of the audience, they really leave a lasting imprint on each person taking part.
A review by an Autism Awareness Workshop attendee
"She shatters the misconception that 'one person can't make a difference.... Even adults and children without disabilities benefit, because the project raises awareness and therefore make people more sensitive to how they can help others in their community- even through something as simple as having a different attitude towards disability (understanding, for example, that a child with ASD having a meltdown is not just 'being naughty')... Joely has dedicated a huge portion of her life to helping others and making things easier for disabled adults and children- not just adults and children who specifically have ASD but who have other disabilities too. Everything Joely has achieved- and everything she will doubtless go on to achieve- is a reminder to everyone of what hard work and a positive attitude can do."
This is a review written by a professional who works in health and social care
"It is clear that as a society mental disability is not treated in the same way as physical disability and Joely is driving people to think outside the box in a carefree fun way, so as not to embarrass. Joely has turned a negative into a positive and is giving back to her peers. She is taking the lessons she has learnt and moving forwards; challenging others to take a good look at themselves and also have a can do attitude.
So many lessons to be covered off here; bullying, how we communicate with others and looking at the simple joy of family, loving and giving. It is important that we all take on these lessons, focus on what we can do, rather than what we can't; and forge change....Now, I want to make a difference; but how much better is it to make a difference early in someone's life, so that they can help change us and our attitudes? To share true life experience and build on it, is a total gift."