Emily Dewey BA (Hons)

Emily Dewey was born in Hampshire in 1991 and was diagnosed with Semantic­Pragmatic Disorder in 1995. This means the slower processing of language compared to the average person and is linked to the Autism Spectrum. She went to Bushy Lease, a special needs nursery in Alton, Hampshire and The Meadows School in Bordon, Hampshire, which is also a special needs school. These provided specialist provision and support for her, particularly focusing on developing  speech and communication. The help she received at both facilities was incredibly successful, as she continued my education in mainstream school from 1997.

Emily studied BA Jt. Hons Philosophy and Theology at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2013 with a 2:1. Since then, she has been working full time in both customer services, administration and data analysis .

Emily Dewey has always been passionate about volunteering; especially with autism. This is because she wants to spread the understanding and help that she herself received as a child. She also offers a unique perspective as a child who had a severe language delay and other autistic traits, but who is now successfully able to communicate these points across as an adult. At secondary school, she organised two charity events and raised £2,000 for the special needs school she attended and at the same time, mentored a younger pupil with autism. At university, Emily was elected to become firstly the treasurer and then secretary, of a charity society.

After graduating, Emily wanted to continue volunteering whilst working full time. She began as a volunteer with Toucan in 2015 before becoming a Trustee.  Emily has also recently begun giving talks for training events with Toucan Diversity. This training highlights her experiences of living with autism and aims to give a better understanding of what autism is like. This includes tips about communicating and supporting the individual. 

Toucan Diversity gave Emily  the opportunity to become an accredited trainer  and  has now completed a Level 3 in Education and training.

Training objectives:

  • To discuss own experiences of living with autism
  • To discuss the experiences of Autism from a parent’s and sibling’s perspective
  • To identify the various traits linked to Autism and how they affect a person’s life
  • To identify effective ways of dealing with Autism

Training Methods

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Video work
  • Discussions

Duration: 1 hour

Group size: maximum 25

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