Short SummaryAutcraft is a whitelisted Minecraft server for children (and adults) that have autism and their families. It was created by Stuart Duncan (aka AutismFather in game) who not only has autism himself, but also a child with autism as well. The server is administrated by adults with autism, parents of children with autism, or a family member of someone with autism.
What We Need & What You Get
During the 9 months that Autcraft has been online we have whitelisted over 3,600
children and adults--far more than Stuart ever anticipated playing on
the server. After having Paul Soares, Jr. (a well-known Minecraft YouTuber) stop by, our group grew exponentially. After Autism Speaks shared a story about us on Facebook, our group grew even more. While all of this growth is exciting and very welcome, the current server
has reached its limits and we are finding it necessary to upgrade.
In addition to at least one new server, there are several plugins that we would like to add that would enhance the experience for the children. We would also like to be able to provide funds to Stuart who spends most of his waking moments either on Autcraft or monitoring chat, as well as some of the admins—many of whom are on over 8 hours a day.
Unfortunately, we are also often faced with children who need a great deal of help and are having thoughts of hurting themselves. We would like to be able train the Autcraft admins and helpers to be able to handle these situations effectively.
- A second server, possibly in Europe, that would cost $200/ month; and possibly a third in the not-to-distant future.
- Funds to assist Stuart in running these servers full-time.
- Additional personnel to help run the servers so that there is a near-constant presence of admin help available to the children.
- Several plugins: Plugin development runs about $1K per plugin as we often have specific requirements that don't currently meet the standards of those currently available.
- We would like to enlist the aid of trained staff such as hotline/crisis/suicide prevention personnel to either help us directly on the server, or to train the admins so that they are able to handle these crises effectively and safely on their own.
In the past 9 months we have forged
strong relationships with many of the children. Several have told us that Autcraft provides them with a haven from the bullying that can often occur on
other Minecraft servers. It is not uncommon for a child on the server to share their personal problems with the admins and express joy and relief at having an adult other than their parent listen to them. It has also provided a safe environment for these children to meet friends and learn to maintain friendships.
Autcraft fills a critical void and has become a necessity for many of these children. We need to keep this server going and are hoping that you will be generous enough to help us out.
Other Ways You Can HelpPlease let people know about our campaign! It's autism awareness month, so sharing this campaign is a good way to let your friends know that you support the cause. Also, feel free to visit us on Facebook and Twitter, or follow Stuart's blog.