Stuart Duncan AKA AutismFather
Creator of Autcraft
The worlds first Minecraft
Server for autistic people
and their families.
I wanted to take a moment to talk about one of my autistic heroes, Stuart Duncan. Stuart Duncan is the creator of the worlds first Minecraft server specifically for autistic kids and their families called Autcraft. 3 years ago when Duncan signed his children up to play Minecraft they were being bullied. Being autistic himself, he knew how being different could make you a target of bullying and harassment. So Duncan decided to take action against the bullying by creating a server for his sons so that they could enjoy the game without fear of being bullied.
When Duncan first started server it wasn't long before his in-box was flooded with people requesting to join the server because they were being bullied as well, and from that moment on Duncan dedicated his life to giving these children a place where they can fit in and play minecraft together.
There was a dark side to running autcraft as Duncan would soon find out. a couple weeks after he opened the server he started getting emails from trolls who were targeting the server because they thought it was funny. Duncan continued to run the server, because the constant harassment from the trolls strengthened his resolve and made him realize just how important his work was.
He managed to keep the trolls at bay for years, but earlier this year they launched an attack on the server and they managed to redirect the server traffic to their own server where they trapped the players and told them awful things. The attack lasted for an hour before they were able to get control of the server back, but during that time players as young as 6 years old were told to kill themselves and that they were freaks. When they no longer had control of the server they launched a distributed denial of service attack that lasted for over 2 weeks.
Duncan spends all of his free time on autcraft and relies on donations to be able to keep the server free for everyone. The anti DDoS measures they had to implement to protect the server after the attack raised the price of hosting significantly and Autcraft needs your help to continue to offer a safe place for autistic kids to play minecraft. If you want to help support Stuart Duncans project please consider making a donation. Stuart Duncan is a champion of autistic acceptance and he has touched the lives of thousands of children with his message of kindness and acceptance.
To make a donation please visit his patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/autismfather?ty=h