About the National Autistic Society
We are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Our goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
Gaming plays to the strengths of many autistic people and is a hugely popular activity among autistic people, their family and friends. We’re seeing more autistic characters represented in video games, like Symmetra from Overwatch, and we’ve seen that games like Minecraft can help autistic people learn social skills and grow confidence.
Our gamer fundraisers will make a huge difference, as 97p in every £1 goes directly to helping transform lives, change attitudes, and create a society that works for autistic people. Game on!
We’re working on top tips for raising funds through gaming, whatever your game of choice. In the meantime, you can put your streaming skills to a good cause and ask your followers to donate, like Kevin Chapman aka lullujo did.
Kevin Chapman, who raised £5,690 in a 24-hour stream-a-thon explains why he chose to game for the National Autistic Society in Dec 2018:
“Gaming has always been a massive part of my life - I’ve hosted a gaming podcast for nearly 10 years and for the last two years I’ve been lucky enough to call making gaming videos on YouTube my full-time job. I feel very lucky to be able to do what I do, and I think that it’s important to use the position I’m in to help people as much as I can. The National Autistic Society was the obvious charity to work with as I’ve seen firsthand some of the great work they do through being a parent of an autistic child. "
“The response has been phenomenal! I’m by no means a “big YouTuber”, I have a relatively small but very tightly knit community, so raising over £10,000 through live streams and other fundraising efforts over the last year has been amazing. "