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: email@example.com 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
The Recharge Room is all set up and ready to go at #Congress2018 I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this space possible. The Rotary Club of Warrnambool for providing some of the funds, Kaiko Fidgets for supplying a variety of their fidgets and of course my amazing mother for running around the western suburbs of Melbourne to pick up all the items. If you are one of the 180+ students at congress be sure to check out this amazing space and provide some feedback by using #rechargedevent. This space is also available to hire for events. Thanks
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Hi all, lately I have been brainstorming some ideas of how I could better use my Youtube channel and have some very exciting news to share. Next weekend I will be filming a Q&A style video with Calum Courtney which will be the first in a series of videos where I interview inspirational people on the autism spectrum. The best part is that you guys have the opportunity to ask the questions. Do you have a burning question you would like to ask Calum or just want to show your support? feel free to leave your questions and message of support in the comments below, who knows they may be used in the video.Be sure to keep an eye on social media for the finished video Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
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
Hi all you may have noticed over the past few months I have been talking a lot about Calum Courtney, the very talented 10 year old autistic singer from the U.K. Last night I heard he had made it onto Britain's Got talent and after watching his performance felt a sense of pride. He actually got a full standing ovation and received the loudest applause I have ever heard for his amazing performance. I don't know about you, however, I can't wait to hear how he goes in the next round. If like me you were unable to watch the performance live you can find it on youtube at the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-uBxwLlZac&feature=youtu.beGood luck Calum from all of us here Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Two years ago today, I wrote a Facebook post revealing a secret I had been hiding for four years. Since that day I have dedicated my time to advocating for a more accepting and inclusive world for people on the autism spectrum. Today we celebrate two years since the post that started this all, two years of giving hope to young people on the spectrum and their families. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support and I would especially like to thank the Victorian Student Representative Council, YDAS and YacVic Rural for your continued support and guidance. To mark this special occasion, I have decided to repost the post that started this journey two years ago today, I hope you enjoy. posted on April 10th, 2016 (unedited for authenticity) In the past couple of years I have heard people use autism as an insult and I have seen people take selfies of themselves pulling silly faces saying they have autism or have captions such as “the autistic boys” I would like to say something about these people they do not know what autism is if they are mocking it like this. There are Autistic people all over the place they are just ordinary people with as some people describe it super powers. There are people who have autism and they walk past you every day and some even talk to you. I would like to ask a question and I want everyone to think about this. What is wrong with having autism? I would like to end this post with telling you a secret that I don’t tell many people as I am constantly worrying about what they are going to think of me if I tell them and I am sick of hiding who I am. I am autistic and I am proud to be as it gives me “super powers” I can smell fish and chips from a mile away and I can hear things most don’t know exist. Autism is not a disease nor is it contagious and it doesn’t mean I can’t go to school and do the same work everybody else does it doesn’t mean I can’t be who I want to be. I can be whatever I want. I constantly hear people use the question “are you autistic?” as an insult I have even being asked that question and I will answer that now yes I am autistic does anybody have a problem with that? If you made it to the end of this post and still are willing to be friends with me then you are my true friends. I don’t want to be treated any different because I am autistic just remember that every post you make that makes fun of autism hurts somebody and that post is permanently on the internet like a tattoo is on your skin. Thanks for reading Bryce Pace I would like to finish by inviting you all if you are interested in helping me create a more accepting and inclusive world to head to www.brycepaceautismadvocate.com/donate and help fund my future projects. Thanks for your continued support and I look forward to working with you for many more years. Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Missed my round table session on the topic of autism in the classroom? Don't worry as Tomorrow I will be speaking on the Expo Main Stage on the same topic at 1:40pm this is a free talk so anyone can attend. For those who unfortunately can't make it I will also be live streaming my talk on my Facebook page.
Due to countless people recommending I write a book I have decided to do just that however, I am no author hence this post today, in order to make this project a reality I will need to hire what is called a ghostwriter. If you are interested in helping make this project a reality head to www.gofundme.com/an-awetistic-journey and be sure to share this with your family and friends as there is a long way to go before I can publish the book.Thank you Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Do you know a student on the autism spectrum who is interested in making a positive difference to Autistic Students’ education? well I have the opportunity for you. On the 20th of March 2018 there will be a Professional Development Day for Teachers in South West Victoria and am looking for 3 keen students to be on a student panel. They will be joined by 5 students from across the South West District to answer questions from educators so as improve their understanding of how to involve autistic students in classroom life.
If you are an educator and know somebody who could be interested please share this information with them. Each school who has a student on the panel will be provided with 5 discounted tickets to the event. If this sounds like the opportunity for you contact me by emailing me at: bryce.pace.autism.advocate@gmail .com
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Are you a teacher looking for an interesting and unique event to fill you Professional Development for 2018? Then Awetism Classroom could be the event for you. Join fellow educators from across South West Victoria at Brauer College in Warrnambool to discover new ways to better include autistic students in classroom activities. The day will feature talks from students, parents, teachers and professionals in the field of autism. There will also be a unique opportunity to converse with a student panel featuring young people from across the South West region and discover their perspective on classroom interaction as they have experienced it. for more information and to register visit: www.brycepaceautismadvocate.wordpress.com/events
Hi everyone, as it has been awhile since the last Livestream I have decided to have one this Tuesday the 30th of January at 5:00pm AEDT on my Youtube Channel. As there will be a Q&A Segment please leave any questions you may have in the comments below, these could be about my work, upcoming events or even advice. I look forward to seeing some of you then.Thanks Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjXnUd-FoQ-urisR_UqfSMA
One of the many pleasures of my job is being able to share the amazing talents of young people on the autism spectrum. Not too long ago I shared a video of 10-year-old Calum who had an incredible voice. Well now he has himself a YouTube channel and will soon be releasing his first single, I am very impressed with this young man and look forward to seeing more of him in the future. Feel free to Watch the video below and be blown away by this talented young man and don’t forget to support him by subscribing to his YouTube channel.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h1oEiekWsc
2017 was an extraordinary year of change for the world. Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States, once again raising the question of The Simpsons having a time traveler as a writer. Same-sex marriage was made legal in Australia highlighting how important acceptance and equality is, however, the thing that stood out to me most was what the autism community achieved.This year was a difficult one for the autism community as we were constantly confronted with new issues. Earlier this year we had to prove that autistic students belong in mainstream schools when Pauline Hanson stated that we didn’t belong because we held our peers back in addition, we also had to stand together once again when Don Burke diagnosed himself with Asperger’s and used it as an excuse for what he did 30 years ago. This year made me proud to be autistic as I got to see the community at its best. We showed the world that when times are tough we stand as one and get through whatever the world throws at us together. This year brought a great deal of change, however, there is still a long way to go before the autism community is accepted and included. At the end of each year, I like to reflect on what I achieved as an advocate and to plan new projects for the coming year. This year there were many achievements. At the beginning of this year my Facebook page had 45 likes and now at the time of me writing this post there are 143 likes and a reach of over 1000 people and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed throughout the year. This year I was given the opportunity to speak at two major events and was in the newspapers on many occasions inspiring people and hopefully encouraging them to change their perceptions around autism. Next year I have one major project planned which I am pleased to announce today. On the 20th of March 2018, I will be holding a Professional Development day. This day is to be held in Warrnambool which is, of course, my hometown and from where this journey all began. The day will feature students, teachers, parents and professionals in the field of autism as speakers. If you are interested in attending please save the date and keep an eye on social media for further details, I am very excited about this day and would love to see you there. I would like to finish this post by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018. Thanks Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker