Bryce Pace is an up and coming advocate for acceptance and inclusion. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of nine and has experienced firsthand the tribulations of being labelled a disability student within the primary school system. After this experience Bryce hid his diagnosis for the first four and a half years of his secondary school life however since Bryce broke his silence mid 2016 he has dedicated his time to changing the stigma that surrounds the autism spectrum. Bryce was a 2016 recipient of a Warrnambool Youth Achiever Award, a recipient for the John King Citizenship Award and he was also elected as one of fifteen Executive Board members for the Victorian Student Representative Council in 2016 – 2017. As a young advocate, he has been invited to write and speak on behalf of young autistics on numerous occasions. Bryce Pace also received the Emerging Leader Award at the 2017 Victorian Disability Awards.
Angela Pace is an experienced teacher who has worked for many years in the field of disability. Currently she is working with adults so that they may realise their full potential as individuals and as purposeful contributors in today’s workforce.
Angela is also the mother of three boys, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. Her eldest Michael completed year 12, has achieved a Diploma in Live Production and is currently living independently and working as a theatre tech in Mount Isa. Bryce also completed year 12 and is currently an autism advocate throughout Victoria who is achieving considerable recognition for his work around student voice.
Angela works with the premise that everyone is different, some people are just considered a little more different than others, and that everyone has the has the ability to achieve their potential if they are not held back by external factors.