Last Saturday we attended the Irabina Autism Services event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). It was great to hear about LASER BEAK MAN by TIM SHARP from the very talented artist himself and also to finally hear Dr. Temple Grandin speak in person about her life and work. Shadia from Autism Actually also did a great presentation about her connection with animals and how interacting with horses has helped her understand the complicated art of socialising. After the presentations, we had the opportunity to catch up with Tim Sharp and our friends at Kaiko Fidgets. We have some exciting announcements coming shortly that have something to do with who we caught up with on Saturday so stay tuned.
Today I would like to thank all the mothers who do so much for those of us on the autism spectrum. You guys have always been by our sides when we needed you the most. You were our first allies and advocates, and most importantly you taught us that being different is not wrong.
If it weren’t for you we would not be the wonderful people we are today. I would like to especially thank my mother who has assisted in making Bryce Pace – Autism Advocate what it is today. When I wrote the first blog post three years ago she was proud that I was standing up for what I believed in however, like me she did not expect it to become what it is today. Despite this she stepped up and supported me by becoming my business partner. She became my extra pair of hands when I live streamed my talks, she became my second pair of eyes when I wrote an article or blog post and most importantly, she became my second voice when I needed a little extra help. I am lucky to have such a wonderful person in my life and I am proud to call her my mother.
Thank you for everything you do, and I hope you have a great Mother’s Day
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Below is a music video featuring the young autistic singer Calum Courtney singing ‘Isn’t she lovely’ what a fitting song for Mother’s Day
Do you know a student in South West Victoria who is interested in helping to create a world that accepts, includes and embraces the Autism Spectrum? On the 4th of June, there is to be a Professional Development Day in Heywood and we would love for there to be a panel of students who could talk about their own experiences as a student on the autism spectrum. If you know someone please feel free to send an email to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
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a couple of weeks ago I was asked about the upcoming federal election and what I was voting for. You can find out what I said along with what other young rural Victorians said regarding the election in the story below. With young people now making up a large portion of the vote it is now time to listen!
Today we celebrate three years since I wrote the blog post that started it all. Three years ago today, I came home from school frustrated about how students were using autism as a way to insult their peers and teachers so I did what any teen does in this situation, I logged onto Facebook and began to write. Once I clicked ‘post’ my journey to become an autism advocate began. At the time though I could not have imagined what the road ahead had in store for me. Today I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way. I want to say thank you to the Victorian Student Representative Council, The Youth Affairs Council Victoria Rural, The Newsboys Foundation, The Warrnambool Standard, the teachers at Brauer College, Kaiko Fidgets, The Connect Magazine and of course my wonderful mother who has supported me on this journey from the very beginning.
Four years ago, if you had of told me that I would be pursuing a career as an autism advocate and speaker I would not have believed you as I was still hiding my diagnosis from the world. It is amazing to look back and see how far we have come as a force within the autism community, from that first post revealing my diagnosis to now working on innovative projects such as the Recharge Rooms in Schools Program it has been an amazing ride. Bryce Pace – Autism Advocate is no longer just a place where you can read about autism, it is now where people can learn and actively contribute to the autism community. It is a safe place for families of autistics to learn to support their loved ones and it is a place where we can share each other’s stories and help create a world that will accept, include and embrace the autism spectrum. three years is a long time and we have achieved a lot in those years however there is still a long way to go until we reach our goal, so let’s get out there and create the world we want to see.
Thank you for your continued support
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Below is the post that started it all.
you can also read the post by heading to: www.brycepaceautismadvocate.com/the-first-blog-post
This Mothers Day we will be doing an Ask Me Anything themed video featuring my wonderful mother. Watch video for more information and feel free to leave any questions you have for her in the comments.
Please keep in mind this video will not be a live stream at this stage.
Happy World Autism Acceptance Day Everyone!
Looking for something to do to celebrate autism acceptance month? why not go see a performance of the Aspie Hour at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The Aspie Hour is an informative and delightfully irreverent cabaret from talented cabaret team, Sophie Smyth and Ryan Smedley. They explore their experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome and navigate the neurotypical world through the prism of their identical love: musical theatre. Ryan shares moments from his solo journey to New York City and the magnitude of travelling somewhere new on your own. Sophie explores her spectacular range of psychological issues by framing her life as a musical whilst under the guise of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Together they flail through misread social cues and flaunt their ability to recall obscure musical theatre facts. Honest and unapologetic, they debunk misconceptions about Asperger’s and re-define what it is to be an 'Aspie' today. I went to see this late last year and would definitely recommend going to see it if you haven't already but get your tickets quick as they have sold out pretty quickly in the past. for more information and tickets head to: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/the-aspie-hour
As we approach Autism Acceptance Month it is important to read up on the history of some of the symbols certain organisations choose to use and why the majority of us on the spectrum do not support them. This Autism Acceptance Month be sure to let people know how we would like to be represented in the media and in public. On Autism Acceptance Day #HoodieUp instead or lighting it up blue. Encourage Autism Acceptance and inclusion and not ableism and segregation.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Northern Pictures inviting me to be part of their new documentary series. This series will follow a group of autistic Australians as they look for a partner. Currently, Northern Pictures are looking for anyone on the autism spectrum who may be interested in participating in the documentary to email them via the below address. The best part about this series is that you don't have to already be in a relationship to participate, you can be single like me. If you are interested in being part of this series feel free to email Northern Pictures at: email@example.com
We are looking for autistics, parents and allies who want to make a positive difference to the lives of young people on the autism spectrum to join the Autism Resources Reference Group.
2018 was another amazing year, Elon Musk launched a Tesla Roadster into space, either demonstrating Tesla’s new delivery system or that Elon Musk has too much time on his hands. Australia got a new Prime Minister, again, making the job of Prime Minister the most undesirable and short-term job in government and youth began to do parliament’s job by making their voices heard at student organised protests and in a lot of ways were doing a better job of representing Australia’s views, however, what did the year look like for the autism community?
For those who like me were not able to listen live to the radio show on the 3rd of December you can find the recording of the show by heading to www.3cr.org.au/disabilityday2018 and scrolling down to the 10:30am time slot and clicking listen now.
Hi everyone, I have some exciting news. For the past 11 months, I have been working on a pretty cool project called the Recharge Rooms In Schools Program. This program allows schools to host one of my innovative Recharge Rooms permanently giving students of all abilities a safe and quiet space to go to relax and recharge at any point in the day that they feel overloaded. This program is one of a kind as it includes a consultation service in which I speak to school council, staff and students to design a space that suits the individual needs of your school and I assist in installing the space making the process as easy as possible. I am now looking for interested schools in Victoria to pilot this program in 2019. Pilot schools will be able to access this program at a subsidised cost and will act as a template for the future of this program. As many parents and teachers can agree this is a service that is long overdue, we lose too many young people who could possibly make a significant impact on our world because they cannot cope with mainstream school and it is time to act now before yet more young people slip between the cracks. If you are interested in being one of the pilot schools, feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have any questions feel free to also email the above email or leave a comment below.Thanks Bryce pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Hi everyone, I have some exciting news. On the 3rd of December, I am going to be on a radio show called The Inclusionist discussing inclusive education. This show will be on 3CR Radio which is 855 am at 10:30 am AEDT. Feel free to stay on the station until 7:00pm AEDT as the disability community takes over the station for International Day for people with a Disability and will feature artists who identify as having a disability and talk shows discussing all things disability. For more information and to view the timetable for the day head to: https://www.3cr.org.au/disabilityday2018
Hi all. My work as an autism advocate is all about supporting the autism community and a big part of this is supplying resources to assist families and individuals on the spectrum to navigate life. This is why I have created a resource page on my website which has links to blogs, support services, businesses and advocacy organisations. Currently, the links have come from my own contacts however I also receive many emails from people from all over the world requesting me to have a look at suggested resources before putting that resource on the page. This task has become increasingly difficult as I am only one man and I am only able to give feedback from an autistic point of view. This is why I have come up with the idea of creating a resource reference group. This group would be made up of interested individuals who either identify as being autistic or are families of people on the spectrum and their task would be to review and provide feedback about these resources which I would forward to you. If this sounds like something you would be interested in being part of feel free to send me a message or email me at: email@example.comThank you for your interest. Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Imagine you walk into school like any other morning however unlike your peers you are unable to filter out all the individual sounds, smells and sights of everything around you. You can hear the individual conversations of hundreds of people at once. You can hear lockers opening and closing and you can smell that someone hasn’t cleared out their locker for the past month. You walk into class and as the teacher calls the roll. Your peers continue to talk loudly and as you can’t normally filter out these conversations in order to hear what the teacher says you have to focus 10 times harder than you would if the classroom was silent. The bell rings to signal the start of period one however, you are already worn out from the first half hour of school with all the sounds and sights, however, there is still many hours to go before you can recharge as there is no space to do this at school.Usually, in these situations, you would begin to stim by rocking or flapping or you using your favourite sensory toy however you have been teased and called some pretty rotten names for doing these things in the past, so you continue to become more and more overwhelmed. By the time it is lunch you feel like you are going to lose control as you begin to get overloaded with everything that has happened however once again there is nowhere you can go to get away from all the sensory input. The playground is full of noises, smells, and sights and you are not allowed to sit in the school corridors. You keep telling yourself “the day is almost over; the day is almost over” however you still feel as though you are going to shut down. You begin to remember the last time that happened, how people stared at you like you were some sort of exhibit in a museum. You remember seeing people yell at you trying to gain your attention and getting more and more annoyed when you didn’t respond. The Teachers thought you were misbehaving and ignoring them on purpose little did they know you had no control over what was happening. You end up making it through lunch by making laps around the school, yes there were some odd looks from your peers however you did not shutdown which is an upside. You walk into the last class of the day which unfortunately is woodwork, you really didn’t think this one through did you? You end up procrastinating as you are not in the mood to use hammers or power tools today as you are so close to shutting down. The teacher keeps trying to reengage you with no luck as the only way you could get reengaged is to sit in a quiet room for half an hour or so to recharge. Finally, the bell rings and you rush home as quickly as possible, you rush through the door and straight into your room closing the door behind you and begin your ritual to recharge. This is a glimpse into the everyday life of an autistic student for if an autistic student seems well behaved in class according to the social norms it doesn’t necessarily mean they are coping well in class as there is much more happening inside their head than you think. Sometimes things get too much however there is nowhere autistic students can go to recharge without the fear of other students making fun of them, so they keep everything bottled up inside them until they get home where it is safe to be themselves. It is sad that this sort of thing still happens in the 21st century with all our so called modern learning and modern classrooms. It is sad that despite all the technology we have in schools these days we still can’t create schools that are inclusive of all abilities. It is sad that we still have to advocate to install ramps and lifts to ensure people in wheelchairs are included and we have to keep advocating for a place where students can feel free to recharge in a safe environment. From my experiences and the experiences of many others has come a pretty cool concept and this is to incorporate my Recharge Rooms into schools as a trial next year. This program if it succeeds will ensure students won’t have to worry about experiencing shutdowns or meltdowns at school ever again as there will finally be somewhere they can go to recharge without the fear of their peers making fun of them, as this room is as much for neurotypicals as it is for autistics. Thank you Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker Thank, you for reading, if you have a story you would like to share with the community or have an idea for a blog post feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org full anonymity can be provided.
(Please note this is my own opinion and does not reflect the views of all autistic people as everyone has different views. The things written in this post come partially from personal experience.)