Tom Kirkman-Wood is 14 years old and has autism. On Friday 7th August, he will be doing a 12 hour Minecraft-Charity livestream to raise money for Ambitious about Autism, the leading national charity for children and young adults with autism. Tom’s Minecraft marathon will run from 8am to 8pm.
[quote by=”Tom Kirkman-Wood”]I am very keen to spread the word about autism and love busting autism myths. I also happen to be a big Minecraft fan. The 12 hours is just 12 hours of playing in one go – I have done that kind of length before so I know that I can handle it however it is always hard. I will occasionally ask people in chat to set me goals and challenges.[/quote]
Minecraft has already been shown to be very popular for those with autism, because it is a game that never ends. One father has now created Autcraft, a closed online Minecraft community just for kids with autism.
According to Learning Works for Kids “Minecraft provides a vibrant world in which creativity, exploration, and productivity occurs on the player’s terms. Particularly in the creative mode, Minecraft allows the player to have a great deal of control over their environment. Minecraft also rewards discovery in a way that does not prompt anxiety and fear. While many children with Autism crave routine and familiarity, Minecraft becomes a safe place to develop flexibility. They are able to explore an unknown world and face fears without giving up safety.”
[quote by=”Jolanta Lasota, CEO Ambitious about Autism”]We are always delighted when the young people we represent and support want to raise money for us. This fundraiser is a great example of the different ways that you can raise money. Whilst it is true that Minecraft is a particularly popular game for young people with autism, 12 hours is quite the commitment and we wish Tom all the best of luck with the marathon![/quote]