This campaign started on International Friendship Day (June 30th) to celebrate all the forms friendship can take! It will be live until August 14th, so if you haven't already, please donate to our JustGiving campaign page and help us reach our fundraising goal!

How to play and raise money for research

There is something for everyone! Whether solo, with friends, family or colleagues.

Donate, set up a fundraising livestream or sponsored challenge to get our in-game bundle especially created by our very own Georgia.

I want to make a donation

1. Head over to our JustGiving campaign page


What your donation can do:

£5 recruits four new families to our network so they get urgent advice straight to their inbox

£10 helps us work with top researchers to develop crucial information during Coronavirus

£20 pays for a call with an autistic person to understand their needs so that we can respond

£50 helps us get expert mental health advice out to 40 families in crisis

£100 pays for one day of a new researcher's study, continuing their ground-breaking research

I want to set up a fundraising livestream

1. Head over to our JustGiving campaign page

2. Click on "start fundraising"

3. Follow steps to set up your own fundraising page

4. Promote your livestream

5. Encourage your viewers to donate while streaming


Here are some stream ideas from Autistica Play Ambassador, Retro Princess:

Musical Chairs - There are several simple recipes to make in-game chairs. With a few people involved, one person controls the in-game music played on a crafted stereo while the game is played. Chairs are simply removed as people get knocked out.

Treasure Hunt - Bury items on the island and invite players dig them up. These could be Autistica items or a mix of goodies and each participant gets some Autistica memorabilia for entering!

Chill out Corner - Conversations in-game or to park characters while we chat in the stream about autism, neurodivergence, socialising and how the pandemic has affected us.

Hide and Seek - Hopefully self explanatory!

Timed Tournaments - In the shop you can buy stopwatches that count down in game. These allow for how many fish/bugs/weeds etc you could get in x amount of mins. You wouldn't be able to complete the bug or fish collection as it is seasonal and hemisphere dependent so this is a way of using the resources available anywhere in the world.

Autistica 'Invasion' - Travel to islands and send mail to try and give aAutistica branded items to as many people as you can. Maybe leave some for that person to distribute too like a chain mail. Track which countries your friends are from and see how many countries Autistica reaches.

I want to set up a sponsored challenge

1. Head over to our JustGiving campaign page

2. Click on "start fundraising"

3. Follow steps to set up your own fundraising page

4. Ask you family, friends and colleagues to sponsor your challenge


Here are some challenge ideas from Autistica Play Ambassador, Retro Princess:

Timed Tournaments - In the shop you can buy stopwatches that count down in game. These allow for how many fish/bugs/weeds etc you could get in x amount of mins. You wouldn't be able to complete the bug or fish collection as it is seasonal and hemisphere dependent so this is a way of using the resources available anywhere in the world.

Autistica 'Invasion' - Travel to islands and send mail to try and give Autistica branded items to as many people as you can. Maybe leave some for that person to distribute too like a chain mail. Track which countries your friends are from and see how many countries Autistica reaches.

Why we created this event

The pandemic has left an already isolated and vulnerable community even more so. Our work and the friendships made through Animal Crossing have been a lifeline for many autistic people like Georgia during lockdown.

But with no government support in sight for medical research, autism could be one of the hardest hit areas. Now it’s the time to protect our research because without it, autistic people and their families will be left even further behind.

Many of your own friends, colleagues and players need us now more than ever. Join us on 30th July for a special day of games, friendship and fundraising!

I was looking for something positive during lockdown and Animal Crossing: New Horizons was what I needed to start piecing together the future. It’s a world where I can visit friends and we can help each other out.

Georgia - Autistica employee and Animal Crossing player