Former Coronation Street star and Boyzone member Keith Duffy has helped launch a £1m campaign to open a school in Manchester for autistic youngsters.
He was joined by paralympic cyclist Rik Waddon at the launch.
Duffy, whose daughter is autistic, said children get huge benefit from dedicated schools.
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