Dear Media And New Visitors

By AutismFather ao - Posted May 17, 17

Hello news media and everyone finding us thanks to the wonderful articles out there. Please take a moment to read this (sorta) brief message.

My name is Stuart Duncan and I created Autcraft in response to the many parents on social media reaching out to other parents because their children were being bullied on public servers. I wanted to give them just one server where that would never happen. And I have.

First, I'd like to say that I never intended any of this to be about me. In fact, I never intended for anyone outside of the autism community to ever hear about Autcraft at all. This server was never on any Minecraft lists or mentioned in any Minecraft forums. The less visible we were, the better. This way there would be less trolls/hackers that would target us. So I can assure you that I have never seeked out media attention.

That being said, I am not shying away from it either. I feel that this will allow us to reach more people that need a server like Autcraft but also give us an opportunity to teach the world something.

That brings me to my second point... this server does very well, not because of me but because of the community that grew here. The children, adults, autistic and not autistic... we support, encourage and even celebrate each other regardless of our differences and especially because of what brings us all together.

Children are encouraged to be self-confident and proud of who they are. Parents are encouraged to participate in a game they don't understand because it will help them to build a bond with their children and with others around the world that they never imagined.

These are really great people and don't deserve to be attacked and hated just for who they are. I am autistic and proud. These kids are learning to do the same. But it's not easy when there are people out there constantly attacking them just for existing.

The bullies and trolls have been targetting us very heavily the last few days thanks to the media attention. It makes me sort of regret ever doing the interviews but at the same time, it's a powerful reminder of just why I do this. This is why Autcraft is here.

Tonight, 2 trolls did make it through the whitelist and onto the server and were promptly removed within minutes. It's because we devote our time and energy to ensuring that these children don't have to worry about that while they're here. They are bullied at school. They have enough struggles in life as it is. While they're on Autcraft... they only need be themselves, play a game and have some fun.

So if you wish to support myself and Autcraft, great... the Patreon link is to the right side of the page. If not, that's great too. But I do ask you to do one thing.

If any part of my story inspires you or makes you feel any sort of positive emotion at all... don't just click away and go about your life. Do something. Do something for someone else that needs you.

I left a job that paid better than what I'm doing now. Yes, it was a sacrifice. My children still eat well and are healthy but no, I can't get them a Nintendo Switch or take them on vacation. But they understand and support me because they want to help people too.

If I can help thousands of children around the world with practically no resources... then you can too. Don't just be inspired. Do something.

When the bullies hear about Autcraft, they do something. Believe me.

The question is... will you?

- AutismFather (Stuart Duncan)

PS, for more information on the science behind what we do, check out this award winning research study on Autcraft here: Would You Be Mine: Appropriating Minecraft as an Assistive Technology for Youth with Autism

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