Autcraft

Minecraft server for autistic children
Autcraft
Type of site
Minecraft server
Founder(s) 22Stuart Duncan
Users8,000 (unique players)[1]
Launched2013 (2013)

Autcraft is a Minecraft server dedicated to be a safe haven for children with neurodiversities or a diagnosis of autism.[2]

History

Founded in 2013, Autcraft was the first Minecraft server created with neurodiversity in mind. It was founded by Stuart Duncan, a web developer in Timmins, Canada whose son is diagnosed with autism, and is known in-game as AutismFather.[3][4] Autcraft was created so such children could play their favourite game with others without facing the threat of bullying and discrimination.[5][6] Autcraft is administrated by adults with and without neurodiversities as well as their friends or family.[7][1] As of May 2017, the server has 8,000 unique players.[1]

When asked about the server, Duncan stated, "We just let them know that they're not alone... We're here for each other and will support each other for as long as need be... We all know how terrible it can feel sometimes and none of us want the others to feel that same way."[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c Thorbeke, Catherine. "Single father creates a safe haven for children with autism to play together online". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2020-09-19. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  2. ^ Boddy, Zachary (2020-09-10). "Learn about Autcraft, a Minecraft server built for players with autism". Windows Central. Archived from the original on 2021-01-27. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  3. ^ Winkie, Luke (2020-03-26). "Meet the dad who quit his job to run a Minecraft server for autistic kids". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on 2020-09-07. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  4. ^ Rutkin, Aviva (2016-04-27). "How Minecraft is helping children with autism make new friends". New Scientist. Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  5. ^ Warzel, Charlie. "This 'Minecraft' Community Is Saving The Lives Of Children With Autism". Tech. BuzzFeed News. Archived from the original on 2020-08-19. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  6. ^ Beck, Kellen. "'Minecraft' players on the autism spectrum find a safe space on the Autcraft server". Mashable. Archived from the original on 2020-09-20. Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  7. ^ a b "Stuart Duncan's Autcraft: crafting a playspace for children with autism". Royal College of Psychiatrists. 2018-03-26. Archived from the original on 2021-01-21. Retrieved 2020-12-19.