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Would You Be Mine: Appropriating Minecraft as an Assistive Technology for Youth with Autism

Preview: Those with disabilities have long adopted, adapted, and appropriated collaborative systems to serve as assistive devices. In a Minecraft virtual world for children with autism, community members use do-it-yourself (DIY) making activities to transform Minecraft into a variety of assistive technologies. Our results demonstrate how players and administrators “mod” the Minecraft system to support self-regulation and community engagement. “Need a place to calm down? Quiet? Peaceful? Choose a Calm Room to visit here. In these rooms [t]here is no chat. It’s a place to relax. Visit any time.” If a child finds face-to-face conversations challenging and feels isolated from their peers at ...
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Recent Blog Posts

Autcraft on the Front Page of TED.com

In exciting news, Stuart Duncan's TEDx Talk, How I used Minecraft to help kids with autism, is now featured on the ted.com front page! Check it out (and spot our ...
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Virtually Neurodiverse: A New Photo Blog about @Autcraft

As part of my dissertation work, I have been going through all of my old screen shots and analyzing all my collected data. I decided to launch a photo blog ...
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Diversity Statement

A downloadable PDF version of my diversity statement can be found here. Accessibility and diversity have always been the cornerstone of my research and teaching philosophies. All my research projects ...
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