Life on the Autism spectrum

Richard - Interview 12b

Male
Age at interview: 22
Age at diagnosis: 2

Brief outline: Richard, aged 22, was diagnosed with autism when he was just over two years old. He lives in independent supported living accommodation.

Background: Richard is 22 years old, single and unemployed.

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Richard, aged 22, describes himself as having high functioning autism and lives in independent supported living accommodation close to his parents’ house. He has lived in his new home for a year now and describes good and bad parts to the year. He gets on well with his housemates, though they can sometimes be irritating, and he finds the staff very helpful. He has a very close relationship with his parents and older brother who he visits regularly. He is currently working on independent travel training so that he can increase his independence and go out on his own.
 
Richard describes being obsessed with computer games and has a range of consoles including Sega Megadrive and Super Nintendo. He plays games a lot but also enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing pool, going on the internet and watching television. He is doing a catering course at college but in the long run would like to do a business course and run his own internet café/video arcade.
 

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