For more information about my speeches, or if you would like to book me to speak at an upcoming event, please contact me and I will be happy to help.
Why choose me?
Through the power of my words I can mesmerize hundreds of people, and coax them to delve into the depths of a world so different to theirs.
As a young person who has Asperger's (and ADHD amongst other medical and mental health issues) I can give a unique insight into the incredible depths of my fascinating disability, that no professional could ever provide. My lived experiences, coupled with years of volunteering has made my disability my biggest motivation and my specialist topic; I am a professional in my own right. As a result I have become quite the walking encyclopedia about my disability; this means I am very honest, and I can articulately bring untold clinical information to life, with stories that inspire hopeful hearts and usher tearful eyes.
My gift of a disability has empowered me to learn and become a professional about my disabilities hidden hardships and quirks, and enabled me to help teach and inspire others about the hidden depths of my disability. With my speeches, I can give my audience a gift; the gift of understanding and inspiration. You see, public speaking is more than a job; it is my biggest passion. I adore making a difference within the Autistic community; and the standing ovations, wonderful reviews, and of course my awards, are testament to the fact that I achieve these hopes, and much more.
My Experience with Public Speaking
I have vast experience speaking about Autism, Equality, Bullying, Mental / Health and Disability at various events, conferences, schools and health and social care services nationwide; most recently I have been invited to Wales, Barclays Bank, London, and Cleethorpes for my speeches / activism. Attendees range from professionals, young and disabled people and their carers or family. Using the power of words and my own lived experiences, I aim to build an understanding of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and help positively shape services for disabled users. I hope to inspire change and acceptance in the hearts of many, all the while challenging negative perceptions and creating an understanding of the very real, but very hidden depths of my disability.
A few of the places I have spoken at can include (but certainly not limited to)...
Explore Diversity Conference - 400 attendees
Speeches about Asperger's challenges and gifts, with bullying, discrimination and volunteering passion and achievements insert
National Children and Adult Services Annual Conference - 250 attendees
Speech about my mental health, health, volunteering passions achievements and Asperger's
0-19 VCS Forum Conference - 100 attendees
Speech about Asperger's challenges and gifts, with support, volunteering passions achievements and bullying insert
Linwood School - 15 attendees
Speeches about Asperger's
Tregonwell Academy - 5 attendees
Speech about Asperger's
Avonbourne School - 20 attendees
Speeches about Asperger's challenges and gifts, with bullying, support, volunteering passions and achievements insert
Brynestone Private School - 120 attendees
Speeches about Asperger's challenges and gifts, with bullying, mental health, support, volunteering passions and achievements insert
National Citizen Service - 200 attendees
Speeches about Asperger's challenges and gifts, with support, bullying, mental health, and volunteering passions and achievements insert
Dorset Rotary Club - 50 attendees
Speech about my Asperger's challenges and gift, and volunteering achievements insert
Bournemouth Council - 50 attendees
Speeches about my Asperger's challenges and gifts, with my experience with discrimination, health and social care insert
Vancouver, Canada - World Autism Festival
Speech about Autism hidden hardships and quirky gifts, how to become empowered, mental health and how our communities are changing to enable us.
Anna Kennedy Online Autism Expo - 250 attendees
Speech about hidden hardships of my disability, postive quirks.
Wales Autism celebration - 200 attendees
Speech about hidden hardships and gifts, the importance of support, early intervention, and mental health issues. and the improvements being made in our societies to help empower those with autism.
Barclays Banks - live streamed to Barclays banks as autism training nationwide
Speech and QA about how to make banks more accessible for those with autism, how to be empower those with autism within their care, autism hidden hardships and quirks.
Health Watch Dorset - 300 attendees
Speech about the effects of un/intentional Gaslighting and autism, and how even professionals can gaslight us, autism hidden hardships and quirks and mental health issues.
Operation Diversity - Live streamed
Speech and QA about Autism hidden hardships, gifts and quirks, mental health issues and school.
And countless more...
On average my speeches last 10 -15 minutes, but have been as short as 2 minutes or as long as 35 minutes (depending on the depth required). I tend to speak about the challenges that come with having Asperger's and will end with by talking about why I see my disability as a gift and my achievements; so the speech ends on a real high. Overall, I want to give a positive and inspirational message.
Every speech is tailored to the specific requirements of the audience with appropriate 'inserts' added where necessary. For instance, recently I added 'inserts' about Gaslighting, Bullying, PTSD, Health and Social Care, Inspiration, Volunteering and Discrimination.
I am available to speak at any event you wish, anywhere in the country, but no guarantee can be made, as I need to travel with my carer. I am comfortable with speaking in front of hundreds of people (ironically the more people, the more comfortable I am!). For more information, please use the 'Contact Me' link below.
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. I refer to myself as a professional; however this is due to my experiences as an individual with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and 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 no be held responsible for any lack of success.
Dont just take my word for it- check out my Reviews:
A review written by Dave Howard from the BBC who worked with me on BBC Generation 2015.
"Joely Colmer's strength of personality shone.... Saying that she 'loves' her disability and that it is 'a gift' is a powerful and important message to send to peers and younger people with similar conditions.... Joely also has a rare talent, in that she is exceptionally good at articulating what it's like to have Asperger's Syndrome. I was blown away by the candid, honest, and positive insight that she was able to provide ...so much of the content she provided was so compelling and insightful. She so clearly has a passion for positively representing her disability, and for putting herself 'out there' as a role model to others."
A review written by 'annoymous' at YMCA England.
"Joely is a fantastic ambassador for young people as well as those with disabilities...... Leading by example, and overcoming significant health problems and disability, her speeches demonstrate that all young people have the potential to succeed, and inspires all those around her to try and make a difference. Her positive energy and bubbling enthusiasm sees her jump at any opportunity to raise awareness, challenge prejudice and educate others. Joely takes public speaking in her stride as she knows just how important it is to share her story in order to help others understand the Autistic Spectrum and the challenges it presents for those living with the disability....
Joely is a wonderful, humorous, intelligent and thoughtful individual who quickly becomes a role model for everyone she meets. Her hard work, tenacity and determination has taken her to places far beyond what many people her age would dream of; and the recognition she has received at every level, including the Prime Minister and 10 Downing Street, is testament to the impact that her (public speaking) work and campaigning is having.”