Published: 28/06/2017
ISBN: 9781788035514
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My name is Joely Colmer, I am 25 and I am a multi World and National Award winning Autism Activist, Author and Motivational Speaker, and I have a very special gift. My gift is my disability, my Disabi... read more

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AspergerWorld
My Fairy Jam Jar
by Joely Colmer

AspergerWorld is a fascinating, part-autobiographical book written by Joely Colmer, a young woman with Asperger’s syndrome. It aims to inspire and empower those on the autistic spectrum, and teach them the joy of self-acceptance.

AspergerWorld shares Joely’s journey: from the challenges she faced as a child, to successfully completing her education, to her current role as an autism activist.

It also contains invaluable advice for both parents and professionals on how to best support those with autism. Most importantly, it aims to educate, igniting what Joely calls ‘a positive rainbow of change’ into the heart of the autistic community.

“I wish I had this book at the start of my SEN career. A truly inspirational book that gives a passionate and insightful view of life with Asperger’s syndrome.”
– Lorraine Petersen, OBE, Trustee of Ambitious about Autism and Educational Consultant

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Reviews of 'AspergerWorld: My Fairy Jam Jar'


"Insightful, Beautiful, Enchanting Book; Essential reading for anyone who's life has been touched by Autism!”
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Written by a mother of an Autistic teenager

"I wish I had this wonderful book when my Autistic son was small. I have shed so many tears of sadness and joy.
As a mother who constantly seeks to gain insight into "his world" I find this book to be essential reading for any parent, teacher, professional, in fact anyone who's life has been touched by Autism.

Every time I open it's pages I learn new things and understand more about the son I thought I knew so well!
This beautifully written book has opened my eyes to things my son has been unable to express.

We read a little at a time together and he has been able to say "That's me, that's how it is for me." It is, and will continue to help us through what has been a difficult time as he struggles for independence and finding his feet in the world.

​Thank you Joely Colmer I'm so glad I've found your amazing book!"


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"Asperger World: My Fairy Jam Jar by Joely Colmer sparkles with passion, insight and generosity of spirit. Joely Colmer's journey to accept herself and appreciate her 'disability' as a gift, is translated in her wonderful book into an invitation to others, as Joely puts it, to: "Somebody learning about their own disability, a parent seeking knowledge to help their Autistic child, a teacher wishing to make school learning more bearable, anyone who wants to gain an understanding of someone with Autistic Disorders" (pp. 356-7).

Every page of this inspiring book shines with Joely Colmer's willingness to communicate and raise awareness. By sharing her perspective and experience, Joely Colmer has made a very important contribution to the understanding of Asperger’s and Autism. Everyone should read ‘AspergerWorld.’"


Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue


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Written by *anonymous, a professional with personal experience and interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders

"Fascinating, bewitching and wonderfully written. One of Aspergerworlds strengths is it's informative, interesting yet witty and entertaining insights - It helps inform readers, and creates that bond.

The jam jar metaphor works exceptionally well, painting a poetic and strong picture. Love the illustrations.

'Aspergerworld: my fairy jam jar' is Magical and Captivating."


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Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, FBA
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology,
A World Leading Expert in Autism Research
Cambridge University

"Joely Colmer's beautiful book is a valuable contribution: We learn most about autism from those with autism who can communicate their experience of what helps and what makes things worse. Joely's attractive illustrations and clear writing is an inspiring account of how to feel proud of one's autism and one's difference. She explains how others can either compound the disability, or minimise it. And she reminds us that we can change our perception of autism to reveal each person's talents."


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​Denise-Marie McIntosh
​Producer and Host of Award Winning American TV Series
​ "Fairy Tale Access" at "Access Nashua"

"More often than not we’ve heard about Autism and Aspergers from those who have done clinical observations and/or from the parent’s perspective. Miss. Colmer has Aspergers and her book gives us the tools to understand the sensations of actually living in her world. Written as a first hand account and completed in a way that others who haven’t actually been inside her world, can only speculate at.

As parents you understand your child the best; but until a child can get to a point of articulating what they are actually feeling or experiencing in life, it’s hard to understand the why.

Miss Colmer, invites you into her world a world that is amazing and frightening. But it puts things in perspective, helping anyone understand what a child and/or adult on the spectrum might be going through. I highly recommend it, it’s one of the best books on the subject that I’ve read in a decade."



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Lorraine Petersen OBE
Educational Consultant
Trustee of Charity "Ambitious about Autism"

A truly inspirational book that gives a passionate and insightful view of life with Asperger’s Syndrome. Joely describes the first 22 years of her life in a very down to earth, highly descriptive and often humorous dialogue reflecting on endless difficulties that she has encountered and the strategies she has developed to support her AS. Joely has used her life experiences to share the difficulties that people with Asperger’s Syndrome encounter every day and given us a reflective and passionate story that we can all learn from.

Every person who cares for or works with children and young people would benefit from reading this book. Many of the situations that Joely describes and the strategies she suggests to overcome her difficulties could be used to support any child or young person with additional needs not just those with AS.

Although Joely has encountered endless negative experiences she has remained incredibly positive and used her strengths to support and help other people as well as enjoying her own life to the full.

Although at times the descriptions are long, Joely admits that she “rambles”, they capture your imagination and make you think about times when you may have not identified a hidden disability” in someone and therefore not fully appreciated the need to adapt the way you communicate with them.

As someone who has worked with children with SEN for the last 30 years I wished I had had this book at the start of my career – it would have really influenced the way I might have interacted with some of the children I have had the pleasure to teach.

Joely has captured the true essence of how someone with a disability can overcome their difficulties and live a fully inclusive life with their family and friends. I am sure Joely will have many more stories to tell in the future."



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Jeffrey Newman
Independent Education Management Professional
Founder of The Earth Charter UK

We all know the word 'Autism' and maybe even the word 'Asperger's' but it's likely that most of us have never met anyone with that disability. Joely Colmer has written a book to help us understand. She knows all about it - not, like an expert from the outside, but with the knowledge that only an 'insider' can provide. And, Joely writes, not only for those of us who want to know more, but also for those who have the disability and needing practical guidance. Central to her writing - and her attractive drawings - is Joely's humour and humanity. As we read the book, we pick up more and more, through Joely's stories and honest personal examples.

So, who is Joely? True, she is quite an exceptional young woman. She was diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder at the age of two, couldn't speak till she was seven (which was connected with her deafness) or tie her shoelaces until she was eighteen. But she now has three A levels and in 2013, at the age of 21, won the national YMCA 'Youth Volunteer' Award.

Joely and I met at the Explore Diversity Conference for young people from all over Dorset (where we both did a speech). The diversities including every sort of disability, as well as race and sexual differences. Her talk was inspiring. I was there, a rabbi, representing www.EarthCharter.org, speaking about the issues facing our world. Our thinking and experience connected us with one another - the need, for example, to eliminate discrimination in all its forms, such as that based on race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, religion, language, and national, ethnic or social origin and to honour and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfil their essential role in creating sustainable societies.

"AspergerWorld : My Fairy Jam Jar" It’ is of importance to everyone, not only for the people with a disability but also parents, doctors, carers and the Government. The book is more like a person than a manual; human and loveable. Perhaps one day, the other sort of 'expert' might compile a 'guide' to Joely's material for teaching. Joely and I agree about so much and I very much look forward to working together. More than anything else, we agree that:

“Life is incredible, to be alive, disabled or not, is an amazing adventure- this is why all life deserves the right to be listened to, respected, understood and helped, to aid in making life’s adventure as supported and wonderful for everyone as one can”.


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​Written by Laurence, a family member of someone who has Aspergers Syndrome.

​"I was laughing and crying the whole way through. So very eye opening; an absolutely brilliant insight.
​I absolutely loved it."


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AspergerWorld Personal Endorsements:

Personal Endorsement for "AspergerWorld : My Fairy Jam Jar"​​

Dave Howard
BBC Television and Radio Producer
​ Programme Maker
BBC Generation


​"Joely Colmer's strength of personality shines. 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.

Joely’s extraordinary ability to describe the condition she has so that others may understand it and empathise with it is extremely rare and valuable.

I was blown away by the candid, honest, and positive insight that she was able to provide; So much of the content she provides is 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 is a BBC Television and Radio producer I worked with on a Radio One show called 'Stories from the Spectrum'. This personal endorsement is based on the interview I provided for the show.

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AspergerWorld in The Community:

Autism Awareness event - Speech, Exhibition
Wales, Llanelli

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Autism Expo Anna Kennedy Online - Speech, Exhibition
11th March 2017
London, Brunel University

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Barclays Bank - Speech and Autism training
Poole Barclays bank – live streamed nationwide

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Autism Celebration Event with Focus Adult Social Care
Exhibiting and Book signing:
7th, 8th June 2017
​Cleethorpes, Grimsby

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‘BeYourself' Celebration event HealthWatch Dorset - Speech and Exhibition
AFC Bournemouth Vitality Stadium


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​Access Dorset 'the Bridge' Launch Event - Exhibiting, Book Signing
14th July 2017
​12-3pm
‘The Bridge’ Littledown Leisure centre, Bournemouth.

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SEND Celebrating Diversity Conference - Speech, Exhibiting, Book Signing
4th August 2017
10am-2pm
The Vitality Stadium, AFC Bournemouth
Tickets and Registration - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bournemouth-send-celebrating-diversity-tickets-33661358028


​The Welsh Autism Show - Exhibiting, Book Signing
28th September 2017
10 am – 3 pm
Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith
Cardiff, CF11
Tickets and registration: ​​https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-welsh-autism-show-cardiff-2017-tickets-33238378886

Exhibiting and Signing book at ​​Anna Kennedy Online Disability Fun Day Event - Exhibiting and Book Signing
8th October 2017
Plough Lane, Wallington, n.r Croydon, SM6 8JQ

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Jeffrey Newman
Independent Education Management Professional
Founder of ‘The Earth Charter UK’

We all know the word 'Autism' and maybe even the word 'Asperger's' but it's likely that most of us have never met anyone with that disability.

Joely Colmer has written a book to help us understand. She knows all about it - not, like an expert from the outside, but with the knowledge that only an 'insider' can provide. And, Joely writes, not only for those of us who want to know more, but also for those who have the disability and needing practical guidance. Central to her writing - and her attractive drawings - is Joely's humour and humanity. As we read the book, we pick up more and more, through Joely's stories and honest personal examples.

So, who is Joely? True, she is quite an exceptional young woman. She was diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder at the age of two, couldn't speak till she was seven (which was connected with her deafness) or tie her shoelaces until she was eighteen. But she now has three A levels and in 2013, at the age of 21, won the national YMCA 'Youth Volunteer' Award.

Joely and I met at the Explore Diversity Conference for young people from all over Dorset. The diversities including every sort of disability, as well as race and sexual differences. Her talk was inspiring. I was there, a rabbi, representing www.EarthCharter.org, speaking about the issues facing our world. Our thinking and experience connected us with one another - the need, for example, to eliminate discrimination in all its forms, such as that based on race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, religion, language, and national, ethnic or social origin and to honour and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfil their essential role in creating sustainable societies.

‘My Fairy Jam Jar : Life A.S We See It’ is of importance to everyone, not only for the people with a disability but also parents, doctors, carers and the Government. The book is more like a person than a manual; human and loveable. Perhaps one day, the other sort of 'expert' might compile a 'guide' to Joely's material for teaching. Joely and I agree about so much and I very much look forward to working together. More than anything else, we agree that:

“Life is incredible, to be alive, disabled or not, is an amazing adventure- this is why all life deserves the right to be listened to, respected, understood and helped, to aid in making life’s adventure as supported and wonderful for everyone as one can”.


by jeffrey Newman


 

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