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Stuart Duncan (AutismFather)
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Some experts dismiss videos as not being "real" but it's this notion that can help you to get through to what is more real of all.
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"no matter what, deep down, everyone is the same"

Another wonderful message from a young player on Autcraft.
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Let me be honest with you

When I started Autcraft, I had no idea that it would consume so much of my life. I literally spend more time working on Autcraft in a day than I do working my day job. And my day job regularly takes more than 8 hours out of my day.

Suffice to say, there are a lot of times that I don't get much sleep.
Still though, there isn't enough time to work on new builds, new plugins, proper server maintenance, community events, whitelist applications and so much more. Simple things like scheduling wither fights so that they're more organized, I can not do.

Autcraft has become this big worldwide thing, on the television, radio, recommended by doctors, therapists, psychologists and even schools! It's incredible!

And yet... I can't help but wonder... what could I do if I was actually doing this full time? If all this can happen on a handful of hours each day... what can I do if I can devote all my days to it?

Autcraft is the one place where I feel like I belong, where I'm needed and where I just always want to be. I love being with the players and being able to help them the moment they need help. But all too often, I am not there.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job and my boss is the best! I can't think of anything that would ever make me want to not be doing my job... except for Autcraft. Autcraft is the one thing that I feel like I need to be devoting more than just part of my day to.

Now for the honesty part... Autcraft has made $73 this month so far. Granted, it's only 8 days in but that's less than $10 per day. This pays for it's own hosting, which is great.. that's how the server's stayed running for 2 years.

But $10/day doesn't pay for my rent, my bills or allow me to support my children. Which is what I need to do above all else.
Even with the Today Show talking about us, Buzzfeed writing about us, the BBC talking about us... donations are so very few and far between. All of this media really only makes more work for me as I end up having to do hundreds of whitelist applications every day... again, taking away more of my time to be on the server with those kids.

It's been a long 2 years and it's been great, but I need for this to no longer be something that pulls me away from my work and my family.
People have suggested becoming a non-profit but that is no solution and almost everyone I know tells me that I should start charging for access to Autcraft, which I absolutely refuse to do.

So instead, I'm reaching out to you for help... something I never thought I'd do to be honest. But if you believe in Autcraft, or I guess... in me... then please check out what I've set up below.

I started a Patreon account which allows people to support artists, in my case, I chose video game video maker since I often make YouTube videos from the server. Using this system, people can offer to support me for as little as $3 per month. It's almost nothing to each individual person but if enough people pitch in, then Autcraft could become my job.
https://www.patreon.com/autismfather?ty=h

In June 2015, Autcraft had 1000 active players. If each of those player's parents pitched in $3/m, I'd literally be making more than I've ever made before. I'd be able to not only invest my time into Autcraft more but also your $ would go into it as well in the form of developers, builders and more.

Please believe me, I hate to even ask. But I know no other way. I want to give your children the time and attention they deserve. I want to give the admins and helpers that have done so much for Autcraft more as well one day. I want so much more for Autcraft and it's amazing community but I need your help for that happen.

Thanks for reading.

- AF
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To the Americans moving to Canada because of the US Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, we welcome you in joining your fellow Americans that came here to get away from universal health care.
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Lots of people have been asking me about Sensory Processing Disorder lately so I thought I'd give a bit of run down on just how bad it can be.
I thought I'd take a moment to explain what Sensory Processing Disorder really is like for some people.
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Coventry University is even blogging about +Autcraft!
The Microsoft-owned building game Minecraft is reportedly having a positive effect on children on the autism spectrum. Discover more on our blog.
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Building the Autcraft Patreon Monument at Autcraft spawn to house the Wall of Patrons!
Building the Autcraft Patreon Monument at Autcraft spawn to house the Wall of Patrons!
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Summer Vacation

For most of the players on the Autcraft server, it's the summer holidays which means no school and lots of extra hours.
While we do appreciate the extra time with everyone, we still have to warn against too much computer time.

Being on Autcraft for too many hours and too many days can lead to boredom, restlessness, frustration and even anger. It's not healthy to be sitting at the computer all summer long.
I recognize that autism makes it all the more difficult to get outside and to play with friends but spending a summer at the computer isn't doing anyone any favours either.

We've had some parents ask us if we can limit their child's time on the server. Not only is this something that we don't really have any way to do, but even if we did, we can't really be expected to monitor and manage play time for literally hundreds of children nor should we be expected to. Managing a child's play time on the computer really is the parent's job.

On top of that, as a reminder, I and the other admins and SrHelpers do this on a volunteer basis. This isn't our jobs. So we get onto the server when we can but all have our own jobs and families to spend time with as well. And it's the summer holidays for most of us as well so we have our own children with lots of hours to fill.
(again, this is why I'm trying to get support for my Patreon page so that I can be on Autcraft as much as possible: https://www.patreon.com/autismfather?ty=h)

There really is such a thing as "too much of a good thing" in that, yes, Autcraft is a safe environment and yes, you can use Autcraft as a good distraction for your child while you're busy but too much time can have the opposite effect. Your child will become bored and either act out on the server or walk away from it in which case, you'll have to find something else for them to do now.

We want your children to enjoy their summer and we want to spend time with them, but at a healthy level. But it's not up to us to decide that for them. We need your help.

- AF
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Our Canada Day celebrations... good friends, good food and of course, fireworks!
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nice man im gettingmincraft soon so can u send me the form for autcraft
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I would like to express my sincere condolences to the couple, whose names I can't remember, from some place in the world probably, that must now get divorced due to this very tragic news.

All they wanted to do was live their life in peace and happiness and the US Supreme Court had to go and ruin that by passing a law that has absolutely nothing to do with them.

Marriage was fine! There was nothing wrong with it! People got married and then divorced and then remarried... probably some kids in the middle of all that, or before... and then the US Supreme Court had to go and ruin it by insisting that it has anything to do with actually loving someone.

Those poor loving and accepting folks who were so very tolerant of all other human beings that only loved the people that their non-LGBT overlords dictated upon them... I fear for their futures.

I mean, sure, now they'll be free to date other people but honestly, they were so very lucky to have found someone as stupid as each other one time. What chance will they ever have at having a happy, non-love based marriage now again?

Shame on you US Supreme Court, for making those people voluntarily give up the one thing that those same people tried to force millions of others out of.

Those poor, poor, stupid people... what ever their names are.
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Great, now I can't stop giggling.
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I just can't imagine... even as I read it, I just can't imagine.
 
A Father's Day piece written about me in today's Oregonian.
It has been a little more than seven months since McCabe's ex-wife phoned police on Nov. 3 to say she had thrown 6-year-old London off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, a drop of 133 feet.
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Founder/Owner of Autcraft
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PHP, MySQL, Autism, Minecraft
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  • Autcraft
    Founder, 2013 - present
    The first Minecraft server for children with autism and their families.
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    Programmer, 2011 - 2012
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aka AutismFather - Upgrading Autism Awareness to Autism Understanding and Acceptance
Introduction
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.

Involved in the autism community? Please introduce yourself: https://plus.google.com/106357905229054139137/posts/3bYSbVAqk8V
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Worked with several autism charities around the world to promote autism understanding and acceptance.
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