Emma L. Donaldson B.ED(Hon); Exec MBA; GradCert Education Research; PhD(Cand)
Emma is a proud contributor and facilitator of this course. She has a background in special needs in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Now a full time academic in teacher education, Emma focusses her expertise on autism, mental health and inclusion using a co-design methodology.
Emma has previous experience with early intervention, community inclusion projects, disability sector and policy development in Australia, and abroad. As the Director of Colours Of Grey Matters, Emma is thrilled to see this course brought to life to create platforms for educators to be the change in their own community for authentic inclusion. Running her own inclusion consultancy projects in the Caribbean and US, Emma works with a broadened global view of disability and mental health community needs, bringing this experience to the facilitation of this course.
In 2015, Emma co-created and co-designed the successful and world first autism MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The altruistic course was designed to increase community knowledge and understanding about the condition which resulted in 17,000 participants engaged across 82 countries. Emma is now working at an international university co designing masters’ courses with experience in autism and mental health.
Emma was named a Victoria State Finalists in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards for her work in the disability sector, awarded the CEDA Leadership award during her business study and has presented a TEDx talk at Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands.
Emma has experience with mental health as a young care-giver in rural Victoria.