The Advocate, The Athlete: Bryce Schaufelberger


Mission's Bryce Schaufelberger is a man of many talents


By Spencer van Vloten

BC Disability

November 3rd, 2021


Founder of SelfAdvocateNet.com and champion athlete, Bryce Schaufelberger's work ethic and tireless commitment to helping others have made a worldwide impact.


This is his story.


Visit: SelfAdvocateNet

THE EARLY DAYS


It started 21 years ago.


At the time, Bryce Schaulfelberger was a busy self advocate, working in a small group to increase the community participation of persons with intellectual disabilities in Mission.


But he wasn't satisfied: he wanted to spread the word about inclusion and self-advocacy to more people in his community. Back then few people were using the Internet as a platform for advocacy and empowerment, but Bryce was thinking ahead and saw an opportunity.


Along with his boss and mentor, Cam Dore, he started building a website from scratch. He added community directories, tips and guides for self advocates, stories, and games - things that would be useful to self advocates no matter what they were looking for.


Gradually his vision took shape in front of him, and the result was SelfAdvocateNet.


At the time Bryce's goal was to reach more people regionally, around Mission, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack, and he quickly accomplished that goal.


But, little did he know, SelfAdvocateNet would grow into something much bigger.


GROWING AND GROWING


Two decades on from its creation, SelfAdvocateNet has grown beyond what Bryce ever imagined.


The site's reach is worldwide, it's been featured by Community Living BC and Inclusion BC, and it's highly respected for the wealth of valuable resources provided.


To name just a few, SelfAdvocateNet's been a leading hub for information during the pandemic, helping keep British Columbians updated with the latest public health developments.


It's provided plain language coverage of provincial and federal elections, features a directory of self-advocacy groups across BC, and includes a community calendar which self advocates and organizations can use to publicize their events.