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?
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 and once again Happy World Autism Awareness Day, I hope your day has been great so far. For those of you who unfortunately could not watch the Spectrospective film on the big screen, you can watch the full film and everyone's individual video submission by heading to: http://spectrospective.com.au/video-gallery/ You can also view my full video submission to Spectrospective by heading to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4XQ8M4JaGU
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
Join educators, Parents, Scout leaders and youth workers from across South West Victoria at Brauer College in Warrnambool to discover new ways to better include autistic students in group 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. Registrations close Tonight at 11:59pm so be quick and we look forward to seeing you there. For more information and to register head to: www.brycepaceautismadvocate.com/events and this morning does provide three hours of PD with a certificate being sent out within a week of the event. you must register before time runs out to attend this event.
Registration for Awetism Classroom Closes in 10 days! make sure you register your spot at this exciting and unique event today by heading to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/awetism-classroom-tickets-41930259535?aff=es2
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the national Disability coordination project for supporting the Awetism Classroom Professional Development Day. Without their support, this unique event would not be possible. There are only 16 days left to register so be sure to reserve your spot before it's too late by heading to my website www.brycepaceautismadvocate.com/events
Due to personal reasons one of the speakers has had to withdraw see below for more information. 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
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
A little while ago I was interviewed by the ABC for an article about life after year 12 make sure you check it out."I hid my autism diagnosis for four years – I felt ashamed of being different. When you go from primary school to secondary school you have to re-build everything from scratch, and change isn’t our strong suit, and being social isn’t really either. But I ended up building a very good network of friends. I basically just started telling people I’m proud to be on the autism spectrum. I’m proud to be different. My ultimate goal is a world that embraces autism and difference in general.”Bryce Pace is a powerful advocate for people on the autism spectrum. You can read more of his story in this new feature from ABC News: https://goo.gl/RT5vYC
People wonder why parents are scared to send their autistic child to a mainstream school. This is a good example of why.. Schools are not treating students equally and prefer to abuse students on the spectrum rather than teach them. Please read and share this so that we can make people aware of what is happening inside Australia’s schools. It is time to change our ways and to treat all students with respect as this treatment is happening too often. http://abc.net.au/news/2017-10-09/hundreds-of-disabled-children-abused-neglected-at-schools/9021876?pfmredir=sm
Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
I am pleased to announce that I won the emerging leader category at the 2017 Victorian Disability Awards. These awards celebrate all the hard work that people do in advocating and providing services for people of different abilities in Victoria. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Victorian Student Representative Council for Nominating me for this award and everyone for your support over the past year. I would also like to thank the other finalists and nominees for the work you do to insure Victoria is inclusive for people of all abilities. These awards are not the end though as there is still a lot of work to do so let's get out there and make this world a better place.Thanks Bryce Pace
A few weeks ago, I was asked by Roger Holdsworth to write another article for the Connect Magazine. This time the article is about the Recharge room that was at the 2017 VicSRC Congress. I also discuss a little about how this room could be introduced into similar events. The article can be found at http://research.acer.edu.au/connect/vol2017/iss226/I would personally like to thank Roger Holdsworth and the Victorian Student Representative Council for supporting my work over the past year. Tomorrow I will be In Melbourne to attend the 2017 Victorian Disability Awards as I have been named a finalist. Keep an eye on my social media and website for the results of the awards. Thanks Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
Don't forget to tune in to Q&A at 9:35pm on ABC Tonight for student voices centre stage! Yes you heard correctly students are taking over the studio for Q&A's first high school special. I along with other students from all over Victoria will be asking and debating the questions that matter most to high school students.http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/coming_up.htm
I am pleased to announce that I am a finalist for the 2017 Victorian Disability Awards. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support and to thank the Victorian Student Representative Council for nominating me for this award. I would also like to thank Chris Varney (CEO of The I CAN Network) and Anna Gage (SRC Liaison Teacher at Brauer College) for recommending me. You can see the list of all the finalists by following the link below and be sure to keep an eye out for the results of the awards. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/2017-victorian-disability-award…Thanks Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speake
Over the next few days I have the opportunity to work with a group of passionate students to create a more inclusive education system at the 2017 VicSRC Congress.This years Congress is also the first one to have a Recharge room available to delegates. I would like to thank The I CAN Network ,Vicsrc Staff and anyone else who helped me bring this dream to life. It is small things like this room that makes the VicSRC Congress a more diverse and inclusive gathering of passionate people.
A few weeks ago I was asked by the VicSRC to write a piece. In this article I discuss what Pauline Hanson said in Parliament and I talk about Inclusive schools. let me know where you stand with inclusive schooling. Do you think it's a good idea? you can read the article here http://www.vicsrc.org.au/news/opinion-according-to-pauline-hanson-i-hold-my-peers-back?platform=hootsuite