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Brain in Hand's Minecraft Marathon 2021: Space Edition

For the last eight consecutive years, Brain in Hand has run a 24-hour Minecraft marathon for World Autism Awareness Week to raise money for charities supporting autistic people. Our Minecraftathon is something people can watch and support no matter where they are in the world.

Starting at 10am on Thursday April 1st, and finishing 24 hours later, Brain in Hand staff (and maybe a few household members!) will be building planets, starships, aliens, and anything else we can think of on the theme of ‘SPAAAAAAACE’ in support of Autistica Play. You’ll be able to watch us on livestream as all our astronomical creations come together.

Autistica Play is Autistica’s way of connecting with the video games industry and players. It raises vital funds and awareness to improve lives and champion the issues that matter to autistic people.

Autistica are also working with University College London to find better ways to support autistic people in the workplace through their DARE initiative. Employment support for autistic people is always critical, but especially now: shocking new ONS figures show that just 21.7% of autistic people are in employment. 

Autistica Play

To donate to our Minecraftathon and support a great cause, visit our Tiltify site and click ‘donate’.

You can also watch our livestream either by heading to our Tiltify site, where there’s an embedded video player, or going straight to our stream on Twitch.

In the meantime, it's important to us that we recognise during World Autism Awareness Week that just being aware of something isn't the same as understanding or accepting it. The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) has a good brief description of what it means to be autistic, and we highly recommend that everyone seeks out as much information and learning as possible, especially information created by autistic people.

Just one great example of an autistic person talking about their own experiences can be found right here: Jono, one of Brain in Hand's longest-serving staff members, wrote an article for us last year about how a game helped him to accept part of his own identity.

If you have any questions, you can email us at

We hope you’ll come and watch on April 1st!