Richard Habelrih

Richard Habelrih is in his twenties; he lives in Sydney with his family and is on the autism spectrum.

Despite a poor prognosis, Richard has achieved beyond what was imagined by professionals. His parents were told he would never speak or walk and were discouraged from having any hope for him. Richard has overcome huge obstacles and today is an inspiring and resilient young man, intent on living life to the fullest and making a difference in the lives of others.

Today he is a public speaker, accepting invitations to speak at various events and schools. His love of public speaking began in 2015 when he received a standing ovation for his speech from Prof. Marie Bashir and The NSW Minister for Disability at the launch of the book “Dealing With Autism”.

Past speaking engagements include:

  • Autism in Education Conference, Melbourne
  • Lifestart Conference
  • Holdsworth Gala Fundraiser
  • Book Launches
  • Autism and Me Event
  • Closing Keynote Speaker, Autism in Education Conference Brisbane
  • He regularly speaks at schools, sharing his journey and experiences with autism
  • Co-creator and star of Best MATES Puppet show

Richard is also a model for the Model MATES events and has an agent for acting roles.

Richard has hopes and dreams just like everyone else. His big goal is to become independent and employed as an actor, model and speaker. He also wants to help educate society on what it is like living with autism. He is currently working towards achieving these goals.

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Slide "Richard and his work is a gift to our community"
~Zoe Martin 
Slide "Love love love the work you and Richard do."
~Jeremy K Streeter 
Slide "It was a privilege to have you speak at the conference. You were our secret
weapon for the closing session! We usually get lots of people leaving early
on the final day but we were sure you would keep people there, and you did!
I think the closing was as well patronized as the opening!! Well done to both
of you ,and hope to see you in Singapore next year"
~Vicki Gibbs - Clinical psychologist and National
Manager, Aspect Research at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
Slide "Everyone needs to hear you and Richard speak!
No one could hear this and remain unmoved
or not be inspired to change the world for our beautiful
children xx"
~ Kellie Jorda