26-year-old Jordan Bond from Stafford, has agreed to join the growing number of people who have spent 50 hours locked in a glass box in order to raise awareness of autism and the support that Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity, gives to children with the condition.
Jordan, who works in the Phone Shop at the Tesco Extra store, Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 2HE, has agreed to take part in the ‘Locked in for Autism’ campaign, at the branch, and also hopes to raise funds for the charity by completing the challenge.
Jordan will enter the two metre square structure, located in the foyer of the store, at midday on Tuesday 21st April 2015, and will make his exit, if successful, at 2pm on Thursday 23rd April 2015.
The former Weston Road High School pupil admits has a good understanding of autism having been diagnosed with the condition whilst a student at the University of Staffordshire.
He’s hopeful that those with or without the condition will discuss autism with him, whilst he’s in the box. He said: “I’m determined to use ‘Locked in for Autism’ as a platform for individuals and families to discuss the challenges faced by those living with the condition.
“I want people to come into the store and tell me how the condition has affected their lives.
“I know other parents of autistic children have told the charity that the box is a really powerful metaphor for the condition. Being seen and stared at from all directions, whilst being isolated, and finding it difficult to communicate, is often how those living with the condition feel.”
Jordan is unsure of how he is going to amuse himself whilst in his self-imposed solitary confinement, but is considering bringing in a large, 1000 piece jigsaw.
Jordan says that he has always been aware that he had social issues as he found it extremely difficult to talk to people, however working within the Customer Services department at the Tesco Extra Stafford store and constantly engaging with the public has helped him to improve this.
Although Jordan is confident that he will complete the challenge, he believes that he may have to overcome some obstacles. He said: “My condition means that I can come across as anxious. I often combat this with humour and sarcasm so I’m determined to strike the right balance.”
One thing that he’s sure won’t bother him is sleeping under the gaze of the public. As he explained: “It’s a 24 hour store but that doesn’t faze me as I can sleep through anything. Even if I need a nap during the day I’ll be out like a light.”
Jordan says that his wife, parents and two sisters are supporting his efforts and are looking forward to welcoming him out of the box. As he concluded: “They hope that the challenge will help people to understand the support that they can get through Caudwell Children’s Autistic Children’s Therapies programme, which provides a series of therapies, education, dietary and nutritional interventions to autistic children. And if I can raise additional funds, to help even more children access the programme, then we will all be delighted.”
You can find out more about Locked in for Autism here!
You can support Jordan through his Just Giving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/JordanBondLIFA/ or by texting LIFA88 £3 to 70070