An autistic, multi world and national award winning autism activist and author
Joely Colmer is a disabled, multi world and national award winning motivational speaker, autism activist and author of 'AspergerWorld: My Fairy Jam Jar', who is passionate about raising understanding of her gift, Aspergers Syndrome, and autism's hidden depths and quirks. Through the power of words Joely can mesmerize hundreds of people, and coax them to delve into the depths of a world so different to their own - and learn to understand the 'why', from her unique young autistic female, personal and professional perspective.
As a young women who has Asperger's Syndrome, Joely can give a unique insight into the incredible depths of her fascinating disability and mental health issues. Joely's lived experiences of life on the autistic spectrum, being a survivor of bullying, abuse, gaslighting and mate crime. She has undertaken years of volunteering and working with disabled and autistic young people and has made her disability her biggest motivation and her 'specialist topic' - meaning she is very honest, and can articulately bring untold clinical information to life, with stories that inspire hopeful hearts and usher tearful eyes.
The hardships and quirks of the autistic spectrum
School life, learning environments, teachers
Volunteering / autism activism empowerment
With the power of words, Joely can give her audience a gift; the gift of understanding and inspiration. Motivational speaking is more than a job to Joely; it is her biggest passion to make a positive difference, and the standing ovations, multiple awards and recognition from 10 Downing Street and the Prime Minister, are testament to the fact that Joely achieves these wishes of helping.
"I shall be eternally grateful to Joely for all the help, support and guidance that she is now providing to the students at our school who I work with, and to me and their families too. Witnessing how Joely's work with these students is already showing amazing outcomes and possibilities for them; giving them the confidence and feeling of self-worth, a sense of being valued as an individual. Just meeting, speaking and listening to Joely has been a ground breaking move forwards into a far better future for all of us at school." Belinda Norman, Former SEN Teacher Assistant, Avonbourne Enterprise College
"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." Dave Howard, TV and Radio Producer, BBC and Radio 1
“The best training session I have ever had the pleasure to attend. Brilliant autism training workshop; I learnt a lot from how amazingly literate and articulate Joely is. Very informative, inspiring, interesting and emotional; great activities and props to provide greater understanding and fuller insights into the world of autism, and life of someone with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and a reality check for all that we take for granted. I was interested throughout, and it was all very enjoyable and informative. I understand more. It was brilliant actually hearing from your personal experience. Truly inspiring. Helped me to understand Autism more. I would certainly recommend AspergerWorld to an interested friend." Professionals at ‘Diverse Abilities’ and ‘Barnabas’ Disability Charities.
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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.
My Experience with Public Speaking
I have vast experience speaking about Autism, Equality, Bullying, Mental / Health and Disability at various events, conferences, seminars, chools and health and social care services nationwide. 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.
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.
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.
Public Speaker and Trainer with the UKs No1 Motivational Speakers Agency
Honoured to announce Im now officially a member of the UKs Leading Motivational Speaking
Agency for Education and Care Settings!
For those who don’t know, #SchoolSpeakers is Founded by Claire Young; a finalist on popular TV Show “The Apprentice”. SS is an agency that is dedicated to showcasing the best and most diverse motivational speakers/ workshops and presenters in the country for an affordable price; specialising for schools/uni/ colleges. if you want a talk, presentation or workshop, this is the best place to look!I still can’t believe I’m considered to be amongst the best in the country at what I do (& what I love!). It’s a huge passion of mine to inspire understanding of the hidden depths of Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am very grateful to join the team; to be empowered to hopefully help more people.
Check out my brand new 'School Speakers' profile here:
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.
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.”