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Stuart Duncan
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Stream creates a very small list of "Mommy Blog Faves" for #autism  awareness month and selects... one of mine?!?!

I'm super thrilled and honored, admittedly a bit confused but still quite happy to make the list despite very obviously not being a mommy.

My posts on #autism , #minecraft  and #bullying  touched them enough to include me and I am most appreciative.
It's Autism Awareness Month, which makes this the perfect time to highlight a few of the fabulous blogs that center on parenting a child who is on the autism spectrum.
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The boys and I stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things and ended up having multiple lessons in good deeds.

First, as we left our car, there was this little old lady with one of those mini grocery carts that she couldn't move due to the front tires getting stuck in the slush. I asked if she'd like a hand and pushed it across the parking lot to her car.
She said "look at you, with 2 boys, wanting to just do your groceries and here you are helping me" and I said "it's quite alright. I'm happy to help and with any luck, my boys will want to do the same when they're big and able to."
She thanked me and said to the boys "your dad sure is a nice man, isn't he?"

We went inside and grabbed the 3 things we went in for and sure enough, like clockwork, Tyler ran and grabbed a bag for the Food Bank to include in our list of items. Then he went and put it into the bin, came back and said "I always have to have one, don't I dad?" and the cashier laughed.
The boys asked for chocolate bars and I said "No, I have a better idea" and gave them each $3.

On the way out of the store, a school teacher was selling Easter candies on a stick for $3 each to support her dance group. It's their way of raising funds for a local group of children and their dance class. So the boys got their candy after all and supported local children... which they agree is a much better idea.

I'm pretty proud of my boys. They really get it. They're going to be pretty awesome young men.
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Yes they will be ;-)
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Through publicity they now have whitelisted over 3,600 children and adults in the relatively short time of 9 months. But the growth has put pressure on both the servers and moderators (especially Stuart who has been doing this without remuneration). The server is administrated by adults with autism, parents of children with autism, or a family member of someone with autism.

#minecraft   #autism   #autcraft  
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I see this happening every single day on Autcraft. 

#Minecraft   #Autism   #Autcraft  
Lots of kids are playing Minecraft these days. Whenever I talk to people about kids being gamers, I'll inevitably get a parent or grandparent ask me, "What is Minecraft? Is it bad?" Here's an article that I think gives a great introduction to the game as well as the pros and cons of playing it. I especially like these 2 paragraphs:

"Playing Minecraft, it turns out, can teach kids creative thinking, geometry and even a bit of geology, and research shows they can learn experimentation, teamwork and problem solving skills, as well.

"In fact, the Journal of Adolescent Research published a study comparing kids that played video games to those that didn’t. “Video game players, regardless of gender, reported higher levels of family closeness, activity involvement, attachment to school and positive mental health,” authors Paul J. C. Adachi and Teena Willoughby concluded. “Video game players also had less risky friendship networks and a more favorable self-concept.”"

All 4 of us in our family love Minecraft, but none so much as my 10-yr old son. He reads the wiki extensively, watches YouTube videos, and has started to learn Java coding because of his love of this game. In fact, I can also attest to new knowledge in economics, resource scarcity, biomes and ecosystems, and physics. Kid tested, mother approved, I'd say.

Who here plays or has a kid who plays? And if you're on PC, what's your favorite mod?
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best mod = Ars Magika (developed by Mithion)
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Just days after being on stage to be inducted into the WWE hall of fame, Ultimate Warrior passed away.

R.I.P. Warrior
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Not at all where I expected to see my name but pretty cool that they used me as a source.
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Dear global warming, it's April 15th. Please keep up.
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Sunny here in Scotland, thought you'd like to know that!
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Honestly Timmins?!?!? Seriously!?!?!

Worst. City. Ever.
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We are expecting the same in Kitchener / Waterloo tomorrow my friend ...
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It's official!
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Often a lot of the complaints about donating $ for ‪#‎autism‬ awareness days and months and such is that the money usually goes to random research that no one ever hears about again. The money doesn't actually benefit autistics at all much less directly.

Well, if you've been following along with me at all, you know that Autcraft actually is making a very real, positive difference in the lives of a lot of autistics every day. Not just in giving them a fun, safe place to play but in helping them grow, make great progress and be happy without fear of judgment or bullying.

So if you do have a little extra and would like to donate to help autistics directly, please consider supporting Autcraft. There are even package options that go towards getting random children on the server permissions and items. This means that you doubly donate as you support the server and get the children on the server something at the same time.

Please visit the url below for more info:
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    The first Minecraft server for children with autism and their families.
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First and foremost, I am a father. 

Beyond that, I'm also a web developer, a former radio broadcaster and most notably, I'm an autism advocate.

My son was diagnosed in 2007 on the autism spectrum and I have since dedicated a portion of my life (not all because the majority is for my family) towards raising autism awareness.

I don't want to just raise awareness though, I push for Autism Understanding and Acceptance around the world.

Children, teenagers and adults with autism around the world need to be accepted for who they are, helped as much as possible and relieved of the barriers that prevent an independent and happy life.

Research, treatments and hard work will only get us part of the way... the rest is up to us to understand and to accept.

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Worked with several autism charities around the world to promote autism understanding and acceptance.
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