Happy Mother's Day

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

Bryce Pace

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

Three Years Of Bryce Pace - Autism Advocate!

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 CollegeKaiko 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
Bryce Pace
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

A Screenshot of a Facebook post with the post date April 10th 2016. the post reads 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

A Screenshot of a Facebook post with the post date April 10th 2016. the post reads 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

EXCTITING ANNOUNCEMENT!


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.

2018 Christmas Post

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?

Q&A with Calum Courtney

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

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Calum Courtney's Final Performance

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share with you Calum Courtney's final performance on Britains Got Talent. Unfortunately, Calum didn't win however he did end his Britain's Got Talent journey with a bang. You can watch his final performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxvxh0y3tjM I hope you enjoy and feel free to share this with your family and friends. If you do enjoy Calum's singing and want to support him you can find him on facebook at Calum Courtney and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/tupneycullifer. good luck with your future endeavors Calum and keep sharing your amazing talent with the world. Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker
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Calum Courtney Makes The Grand Final Of Britain's Got Talent!

I am so pleased to say that Calum Courtney has made it through to the grand final of Britain's Got Talent and what better way is there than rewriting a song for your mother. Calum who is 10 years old and on the autism spectrum has shown the world that being autistic is not a negative thing that we should be ashamed of. he has shown us to be proud of who we are and that you can never be too young to do something amazing. I am looking forward to seeing his final performance and who knows he may even win which would be pretty cool. Calum I would like for the last time to wish you luck and it doesn't matter if you win or not as you have already done so much to change people's perceptions of autism.if you haven't seen his semi-final performance you can find it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbR8cOcY0vA you can also see his reaction to making it to the grand final at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz7Q2JNbBzQ good luck Calum and I am really looking forward to seeing what you sing next. Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker

 

Calum Courtney Update

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

2 Years Old Today!

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

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Spectrospective 2018 Film

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

Autism in the Classroom Presentation

Hi Everyone, below is a video of my talk on the topic of autism in the classroom which was presented at the 2018 National Future Schools Conference in Melbourne. I apologise for the quality of the video however, we had technical difficulties with connecting to the venue's Wi-Fi. [wpvideo dnJEK9zx]

Exciting News

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

Let's Take a Stand Together Against Bullying

Have you ever woken up in the morning, afraid of what people may say or how they might treat you at school today? this is the reality for 90% of students on the autism spectrum, this was my reality for 7 years. I went all the way through primary school afraid and ashamed of being me, I was called names, I was pushed and shoved and I was even locked in the vice principal's office for a full day just for because I didn't understand the concept of time. Bullying can come in many forms and anybody can be a bully, however, not everyone has the strength to stand out and be themselves. Today is the National Day Against Bullying and Violence so let us stand together as a community and put a stop to bullying by encouraging people to stand out.Bryce Pace Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker #BULLYINGNOWAY #TakeaStandTogether #NDA2018

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Registrations close Tonight!

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.new PD Flyer

Thank You YDAS!

would like to take this opportunity to thank YDAS for supporting the Awetism Classroom Professional Development Day. Without their support, this unique event would not be possible. There are only 9 days left to register so be sure to reserve your spot before it's too late by heading to my website www.brycepaceautismadvocate.com/eventsydas-signature

10 Days Left!

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 CSlEaUtUwAEj3Wg

Thanks National Disability coordination project

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/eventsNDCO - GreyS - LOGO

17 Days Left to Register

Registrations close in 17days! Be sure to reserve your spot before it’s too late by heading to www.brycepaceautismadvocate.com/eventsPD Flyer

Do you know a student on the autism spectrum who is interested in making a positive difference to Autistic Students’ education?

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

Thanks

Bryce Pace

Autism Advocate, Blogger, Speaker