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.
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.
"The session with Joely was a great success – thank you. Joely was informative and interesting and the foster carers felt inspired by listening to her experiences."– Nicky Hicken, Senior Practitioner, Five Rivers Child Care
"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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