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Another Calum Courtney Update

I am pleased to share with you all that Calum Courtney has made it to the live semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent! I would like to congratulate Calum who at the age of ten has shown the world you can never be too young to achieve something amazing. I would also like to wish Calum luck for the semi finals and fingers crossed he gets into the grand final. If you are in the U.K be sure to vote for this amazing young man and If you haven’t already seen his audition you can find it by heading to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-uBxwLlZac&feature=youtu.be and keep an eye out for an update when I have found a video of his last performance.Once again good luck Calum from all of us here

Bryce Pace

Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker

Happy Mother’s Day

Parents are an important part of any bodies life. Our parents teach us things that we can’t learn from a school, they teach us that there is no crime in being different, that being different is a blessing as life would be boring if everyone were the same. Growing up knowing that you are different from everyone else can be difficult. We get teased, bullied and sometimes hurt by people who don’t understand us, however, thanks to our parents there is a place where we can go, where we are accepted for who we are; a place where we are free to be our quirky and unique selves. A place that we call home but mean so much more than just the building we live in.
My Mother is no exception, as she taught me that there is nothing wrong with being different and most importantly She was always there for me when I most needed her. While I was being bullied in Primary school she provided a place where I was free to be myself without being judged. When I wanted to hide my diagnosis from everyone in secondary school she told no one, and when I was exhausted from hiding my true self she provided me with time to recharge and I thank her for this. When I wrote my first blog post two years ago she was proud of me however like me was not expecting what came next. Despite this, she once again 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 glad to have a woman like this in my life and I am Proud to be able to call this amazing woman my mum. The next time you see my mum at an event make sure you thank her as she is the reason I am who I am and is the reason I am able to advocate for a world where every young person is accepted and included no matter their ability.
Thank you, mum, for everything you do and Happy Mother’s Day
Bryce Pace
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker

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Department Of Education States Violence Is Rare In Victorian Schools

The Victorian Department of Education and Training has stated that “Incidents of violence and aggressive behavior remain relatively rare in Victoria’s more than 1,500 government schools”. This statement was made in response to an incident where an autistic boy was beaten with a spanner outside of a Melbourne school a few days ago. I would like to state that this assertion is not true as there were 1850 reported incidents in schools in 2017 which is approximately 5 reports a day. From this information, I have concluded that violence is common in Victorian schools as these figures do not include or reflect the many incidents that do not get reported. I am pleased to hear that something has been done about this incident, however, what about the thousand or so other young people who didn’t get this media attention. What has happened to them?
As an advocate for young people of different abilities, it is my job to not only share these stories but look out for those who didn’t receive the media attention that this unfortunate event received and bring to light the fact that not every incident has a happy ending. 90% of people on the autism spectrum are bullied and there are about 16000 people on the autism spectrum here in Victoria. The act of bullying can involve violent acts such as the one mentioned in the article in addition to verbal and cyber attacks. One of the most common causes of death for people on the autism spectrum is suicide and I know I bring these statistics up regularly, however, we need to realise this isn’t just one incident, this kind of thing happens every day and does have the potential to end someone’s life.
Being autistic can be difficult, we sometimes miss social cues like this young adult who didn’t flinch and stand back but went in to help and do the right thing and too often as in this case we get punished for this misunderstanding due to people not understanding us. This incident is an example of why we urgently need to educate people about autism and this is why I have been proudly offering free talks to schools and youth groups such as Scouts and Guides since I began this journey of creating a more accepting and inclusive world for people on the autism spectrum.
I would like to finish by stating that if any of the things I mentioned above distressed you in any way please be sure to talk to someone you trust as your wellbeing is very important. I would also like to ask everyone to please share this as wide as possible as we need to advocate for those whose stories didn’t end with a police investigation or someone being charged. We need to bring to light what happens every day and we need to educate people about what autism is and how to better understand us in the context of today’s world.
Thank You
Bryce Pace
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
 
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Exciting News

Hi everyone, I have some exciting news. On the 19th of May, I will be exhibiting at the Ballarat Autism Expo. This is a great opportunity for you guys to meet me in person and also have a look at some of my upcoming projects including the Recharge Room Kit. At this event, I would also like to showcase the talents of those on the autism spectrum and as part of this am currently putting together a CD of autistic singers and musicians, if you know anyone on the spectrum who is either a singer or musician please feel free to mention their name below.
Also, you may have noticed I haven’t published a blog post for a while. I am actually running out of things to write about so if you or anyone you know who is autistic or is a parent of a young person on the spectrum who would like to write about their experiences of living with autism feel free to let me know, full anonymity can be provided.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the 19th of May
Bryce Pace
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker

Ballarat Autism Expo Flyer

Eye Contact results in unpleasant overstimulation of the brain finally Scientifically proven

It is no secret that people on the autism spectrum don’t tend to make eye contact with other people, however, why is this? Up until recently scientists and other neurotypical people assumed it had to do with our lack of understanding of social cues and that we must be taught to make eye contact, however, this is not the case as proven by a recent study.  This recent study has found that looking someone in the eye can result in unpleasant overstimulation of the brain for people on the autism spectrum. Exactly what people on the spectrum have been trying to tell people for years however no one seems to listen to the people who have lived experience as everything needs to be scientifically proven. If you or someone you know doesn’t understand why we don’t like making eye contact please read the following articles.

http://blog.theautismsite.com/uncomfortable-eye-contact/

scientific study findings (warning a lot of scientific language)

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-03378-5

Thank You

Bryce Pace

Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker