Thursday, June 20, 2019

Creative Fun - Launch of a New Minecraft Server for Autistic Individuals and their Families - It IS CAKE!

Since starting this blog, I've occassionally taken a little detour from discussing my work to talk about my son, Tony's, creative efforts, such as writing children's books and making comics. Today, I am very proud to share with you his latest project, a Minecraft server for those on the autism spectrum and their families - Spectrum Insights Minecraft! Tony and those he is collaborating with have been working for almost two years to create an amazing server with 8 different worlds to play in.  They've all had experience as administrators and moderators on another Minecraft server for autistics, and they are all on the spectrum themselves. Their server will be a safe and fun place to enjoy Minecraft and make connections. 

Why did the team at Spectrum Insights create this server? What do they hope to accomplish?  As they put it on their Kickstarter:

Why are we doing this and why should you join us?
Environments and communities with the following factors help human beings thrive:
Being Inspired
Being Safe
Being Challenged
Being Accepted
Being Known
Being Empowered
We want to make a place where people can feel inspired. We can tap into the energy and dreams that drive us, and find more out about ourselves: What are our passions? What do we want from the world? What do we bring to it? Our kids get online and seem to check out, but what’s actually going on? Could they be learning, engaging, finding encouragement and tapping into inner strengths? We want to help kids find what inspires them.
We want people to be safe. They will feel secure in knowing that we will talk about every conflict or problem, and together we will decide what to do to resolve things.We can learn without fear or embarrassment. You don’t need to worry about who your family is interacting with. Our server is vetted and moderated. 
When we are challenged, our brains respond utilizing their inborn elasticity. Human evolutionary biology has demonstrated repeatedly that challenging a system within healthy boundaries stimulates growth.
When we are accepted as we truly are, we have the freedom to think about what we might be. Being able to “try on” attitudes and values to see what resonates is a luxury that is not often found in the immediate, virtual world. In our Minecraft environment, we’ll  examine issues using a compassionate and principled approach  and attempt to demonstrate the value of each individual. We want to encourage acceptance of others, as well as acceptance of self.
Being known is to be seen by others as you actually are, and thus people are able to understand and trust your intentions. Being known means you feel safe enough to open up and know others.
Being empowered is to have explored enough of yourself that you are confident that your choices demonstrate a clear picture of your values. You know who you are.. You can stand by your principles and values because you build them into every step of your life.
This IS CAKE.. Come play with us!

Please consider supporting the Kickstarter for this amazing project! Just sharing the Kickstarter page is much appreciated. They only need a little more funding to make this project a reality!