Autistica Play: New Horizons was a digital fundraising event created in Animal Crossing New Horizons. It took place on International Friendship Day to raise vital funds for autism research and celebrate the importance of digital friendships.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part and raised over £3,000 for autism research. £3,000 could pay for the involvement of 3 families in our PECS study which aims to give autistic children who speak few or no words a voice.

How the event worked

This video explains how people could take part in the Autistica Play: New Horizons event.

How we involved autistic people

Autistic people created the materials for our in-game bundle which was given to all fundraisers.

These tops and hats were part of the bundle, created by the Harrison family.

Different ways to fundraise

Our partner DPS Games had the brilliant idea of hosting a family-friendly virtual fashion show. They raised over £1000 from people creating their own outfits and showing them off down the catwalk!

Our Autistica Play Ambassador Retro Princess hosted a fun-packed virtual beach party, including a cocktail party, art class, quiz, treasure hunt and much more! Her party raised over £600!

Cowboy fashion on the catwalk at the DPS Games fashion show!