Resources (Creativity, Technology & Autism)

CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY (STEAM) RESOURCES

Want to express yourself with creativity and technology? We are currently compiling a list here of resources and tutorials to show people how to do cool things – preferably free! If you have any tutorials or resources you’d like to share, let us know!

CHIPTUNES EN ESPANOL – A series of tutorials by longtime C4A art/music contributor Cristian Tellez Vargas (aka Viridian Kurisu), this series of tutorials covers how to do everything in LSDJ (little sound dj) either in emulation or on a modified Game Boy! It’s also 100% in Spanish so this makes a great resource for musician and teachers in Latin-speaking communities and countries.

AUTISM RESOURCES (NEURODIVERSITY-FRIENDLY)

When we began C4A, we sent our earnings to a ton of great causes! While we are now educating people firsthand on neurodiversity and connecting people with technology in ways they may otherwise not be able to express themeselves, there are other organizations out there we have donated to, screened personally as autistic people and consider to be great, honest resources. Learn more about them below:

Rise Above the Disorder (formerly Anxiety Gaming)

Rise Above The Disorder, RAD, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to making mental health care accessible to everyone, everywhere. What began as one gamer’s mission to help just one person overcome their depression has evolved into a massive community seeking to help everyone in need of support. To achieve their goals, their community has created and sustained a universal mental health care system that is open to everyone.

As of 2018, they’ve helped over 28,000 people find the hope and happiness they deserve.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

From ASAN’s mission statement:

“The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!”

TakeThis.org

One-in-two people will be diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime. Especially in the video game community, the idea that “no one will miss me if I’m gone’ is a pervasive one. Take This was founded to let people know how wrong that is, that there’s help for people with mental health challenges who are also passionate about making games.

Women’s Autism and Nonbinary Network

The mission of Autistic Women & Non-binary Network (AWN) is to provide community, support, and resources for Autistic women, girls, non-binary people and all others of marginalized genders.

AWN Network  is dedicated to building a supportive community where we can share our experiences in an understanding, diverse and inclusive environment. AWN is committed to recognizing and celebrating diversity and the many intersectional experiences in our community.

They welcome all women, transgender and cisgender, non-binary and genderqueer people, Two-Spirit people, people who have at anytime identified as women or girls, and all other people of marginalized genders or of no gender. AWN recognizes and affirms all people’s gender identities and expressions, as well as choices about disclosure, transition, and going stealth.

Their goal is to dispel stereotypes and misinformation which perpetuate unnecessary fears surrounding an autism diagnosis. They seek to share information which works to build acceptance and understanding of disability.