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Buildings show true colours to back campaign

Amber Wood, who has autism, with mum Christine Robinson-Perkins and Karl Wilson from Leeds Autism Services. Below, Bridgewater Place lit up blue

Amber Wood, who has autism, with mum Christine Robinson-Perkins and Karl Wilson from Leeds Autism Services. Below, Bridgewater Place lit up blue

Buildings in Leeds went blue as part of an awareness-raising event for people with autism.

Bridgewater Place, the First Direct Arena and the Civic Hall all lit up for Autism Awareness Day.

It came after a campaign by Leeds Autism Services and Amber’s Autism Awareness, a group named after six-year-old Amber Wood, from Cottingley, who has a pronounced form of autism.

Her mum, Christine Robinson-Perkins, said: “The autistic community in Leeds is happy that something is happening and hopes that the massive show of support from our city will help highlight issues and get people to take notice and educate themselves.”

Around one in 100 people have autism.

Amber’s condition exhibits itself in extraordinary ways, including an ability to remember the lyrics to hundreds of songs and a hypersensitive sense of smell.

But she also struggles to communicate and has problems understanding when she feels pain,

Christine is raising money to introduce iPads into classrooms in schools for children who respond to different ways of learning.

“I just want her to grow up safe and well and this is my way of doing that for her,” she said.

Karl Wilson, support worker and fundraiser for Leeds Autism Services, said: “Leeds is a big city with a large community of people with autism.

“Christine and I felt that it was important to spread the word of autism awareness. Leeds has never done anything to show support on such a big scale until now. We are really grateful for all the support we’ve been getting.”

Coun Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, added: “Autism is a condition which affects thousands of people across Leeds, and seeing these buildings lit up in such a prominent display of solidarity and support will, I’m sure, provide a real boost to those people, their families and their carers.”

 

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