In his own words, Richard's story charts his journey from being misunderstood and undiagnosed at school, to a point in his adult life where he understands himself, his skills and abilities and has used this knowledge to build a fulfilling life and career.

"It took me a long time to get to the point in my life that I currently find myself at. It was not a particularly easy journey. However, I don’t want to be pitied or patronised. I want to be respected as a person first and I want people to see the potential that my autism brings. Autism has always been a gift to me. A lot of the skills and abilities I have I thank my autism for.

There is no one size fits all with autism, you need to remember that we’re all different. And the approach you take to us needs to be individual and person centred. Autistic people are human beings just like anyone else. Like everyone we go on a journey and certain things we struggle with at different stages in our life. This is no different for anyone." - Richard Johnson

You can read Richard's story here

Richard's story has been launched as part of the One Small Change Campaign