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Minecraft – a Safe Place for Children and Young People with Autism

The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. AutCraft has been designed for children and young people with autism and their families, which creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for those who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere).

AutCraft 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 that include autistics, parents of autistic children or a family member of someone with autism. Bullying, killing, stealing, griefing, swearing etc. is not tolerated on AutCraft.

Click to visit the website AutCraft.

Learn more about this safe online environment by listing to Stuart Duncan’s talk

The Label: A Story for Families by Caroline White

The Label by Caroline White and Sandra IsakssonBeing a new parent is nerve-jangling enough as it is, but what happens if your baby is not what you were expecting?

How do you deal with the conflicting feelings, a heart assailed by overwhelming love and overwhelming fear, guilt and anxiety as your expectations are rerouted?

This happened to Caroline White. So she pulled together her contrary emotions – the good, the bad and the ugly – and spun them into a poignant and uplifting fable, an inspiration for all new parents who find themselves stumbling along an unfamiliar and unanticipated path.

Written with great honesty and love, The Label is anchored by a simple yet powerful central image, a metaphor for all that is limiting and prescriptive, and explores what happens when you let the label go and watch as your child blossoms into their best life untroubled by negative expectations.

Click here to purchase the book.

Early Birds at The Science Museum

Early Birds enables families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition to come along and enjoy the Science Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Taking place on selected Saturdays across the year, we open the Museum early at 8.30am, and some of our interactive galleries remain available exclusively to booked Early Birds guests until 11.15am. As well as exploring some of the galleries you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations.

All of these events are completely free and suitable for families with children under the age of 15.

The next Early Birds will take place on 10 June 2017. Booking will open at 10am on Friday 30 December 2016. Places are limited so you do need to book. Call on 020 7942 4000 – we’ll take your details and send an email confirming your Early Birds places. The booking line is open from 8.30am—6pm, seven days a week.

BBC 4 Storyville: Life, Animated

Nominated for an Academy Award, this film tells the uplifting story of Owen Suskind, an autistic young man and his family. After unremarkable early years, at the age of three Owen withdrew and suddenly stopped speaking. Diagnosed with autism, Owen slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated films, using them as an emotional road map to reconnect with the wider world.

Owen and his family describe the challenges he faced growing up and the understanding he drew from these stories. Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams tracks how by repeatedly watching these Disney classics, Owen learned to view the world as deep and complex, as well as inspirational and instructive.

Life, Animated is a remarkable insight into Owen’s unique way of seeing the world, and an emotional coming-of-age story as he leaves home and takes his first steps towards independence.

View the short film here. This is available to view until Wednesday 22 March.