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Steve's 50 hour 'locked in' challenge aims to raise awareness of autism

Steve is raising awareness of Autism. Credit: ITV News.

Steve Young has put his life on hold in order to raise awareness of autism and the work that the national charity Caudwell Children.

Steve's spending 50 hours in living inside a 3 x 2 metre glass box located in the foyer of a Tesco store.

He's determined to bring the disability to the attention of the general public and says living 'locked in' the box is the perfect metaphor for the condition.

And it’s the work of the charity Caudwell Children, says Steve, that has inspired him to put himself in self-imposed confinement.

Steve was inspired by the charity Caudwell Children. Credit: Caudwell Children

“If my time being ‘Locked in for Autism’ helps people to understand the needs of autistic children, then it will all be worthwhile.”

– Steve Young

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Liverpool's bid to become 'autism friendly'

Liverpool is launching a bid to become one of the UK's first autism friendly cities.

Leigh MP Andy Burnham unveils Liverpool Autism Champions Credit: ITV Granada

A number of companies have signed up to the campaign aimed giving people with the condition and their families better access to travel, tourist attractions and restaurants without feeling like they're being judged.

The World Museum is holding hands-on sessions for children with autism Credit: ITV Granada

The World Museum has become an autism champion, running special sessions with trained staff for children with autism.

Liverpool goes blue for autism campaign

St Georges Hall Credit: PA

Liverpool will become the first English city to light up its buildings blue to raise awareness of autism. The Town Hall and St George's Hall will be bathed in blue light to mark United Nations World Autism Awareness Day.

They will join other iconic locations around the world, including the Empire State Building in New York, Sydney Opera House, the World Trade Centre in Toronto and Niagara Falls for 'Light It Up Blue' to highlight the condition, which affects around 1 in 100 people.

The idea has come from Julie Simpson, a mum from Speke who is a member of Liverpool Autistic Children's Alliance which supports parents, carers and young people with the condition. Her 10 year-old son Joe has autism and Julie is a passionate campaigner for greater understanding of the condition.

Julie and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP wrote to Mayor Joe Anderson asking if the city could turn its buildings blue. Now the Mayor is now writing to the owners of other prominent buildings in the city asking them to do the same.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: "I am absolutely delighted that we are able to help raise awareness of Autism by lighting up our buildings in blue and I am asking other buildings to do the same.

There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism - more than 1 in 100 of the population.

Julie Simpson said: "I feel very strongly about raising awareness of autism to try and make people understand how it affects children. As it is not a physical condition, people just assume young people with autism are being naughty.

"It is only by explaining to people about the condition that my child and others like him stand any chance of living a life like any other person rather than being judged or ridiculed by others."

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