There is an overabundance of information for autistic children and adults on how to be social, and it's always from a non-autistic perspective.Speaking and Training Schedule

Catherine Faherty has been creating autism teacher training models, workshops, seminars, and speaking at conferences since the 1980’s. Here you will find a sampling of recent speaking engagements, presentations, and professional training from 2017-2019 under “Previous Events”. For newly scheduled presentations, search “Upcoming Events”.

Text from photo on left: There is an overabundance of information for autistic children and adults on “how to be social”…and it’s always from a non-autistic perspective.

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December 2017

Social Stories™ Describing Life! (Athens, Greece)

December 16, 2017 - December 17, 2017
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December 16-17, 2017 in Athens Greece. Catherine Faherty provides training in Social Stories™ to therapists and teachers, sponsored by Proseggisi, a special education clinic in Athens.

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March 2018

Know Thyself: Nurturing Self-Knowledge, Mutual Understanding, and Self-Advocacy

March 9, 2018
Dimotiko Theatre, Piraeus, Greece, Leof. Ir. Politechniou 32
Piraeus, 185 35 Greece
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This event has been postponed to later in 2018. The new date will be posted when confirmed. Announcing a new seminar in 2018, to be held at the beautiful Dimotiko Theatre in Piraeus, the port city near Athens. Catherine Faherty offers essential information and encouragement to parents, teachers, therapists, and autistic adults, titled Γνωθι Σ'αυτον ("Know Thyself"). It covers the rationale, along with practical strategies for parents, teachers, therapists, and autistic adults to nurture self-knowledge, mutual understanding, and self-advocacy. Since the…

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April 2018

What Does It Mean To Me? Nurturing Self-Knowledge & Teaching Self-Advocacy for Children and Youth on the Autism Spectrum (Japan)

April 14, 2018 - April 15, 2018
Saga City, Kyushu, Japan Saga City, Kyushu Japan + Google Map

This event has been postponed to a later date. The new date will be posted when confirmed. All of Catherine Faherty's books have recently been translated and published in Japanese. She is thrilled to return to Japan in April 2018 at the invitation of Tomoko Haramaki, long-time colleague and one of Japan's foremost autism professionals.

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Autism and the Pursuit of Happiness Conference (Asheville, NC)

April 14, 2018
MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center), 121 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803 United States
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April 14 2018 at the Educational Building of MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center) in Asheville, NC. Catherine Faherty is one of the supporters of this annual conference. This conference welcomes all members of the community - individuals, families, professionals, allies, to listen to autistic speakers sharing their experiences, knowledge, ideas, inspirations. This year's Autism and the Pursuit of Happinesss Conference will focus on the importance of building community. For more information and to register, visit

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May 2018

Camp Counselor Training (Salem, SC)

May 31, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Greek Orthodox Diakonia Center, Salem, SC, 455 Quail Ridge Rd
Salem, SC 29676
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Catherine Faherty trains camp counselors, and consults to "Christ the Good Shepherd Special Needs Family Camp" at the Greek Orthodox Diakonia Center in Salem, South Carolina. This program serves the whole family with autistic family members. This year's camp counselor training and camp weekend is May 31-June 3, 2018.

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June 2018

Camp Counselor Training (Black Mountain, NC)

June 11, 2018 - June 14, 2018
Christmount Retreat Center, 222 Fern Way
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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June 11-14  2018 at Christmount Retreat Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina. As a member of a training team of autism professionals and autistic campers, Catherine provides a week-long training for this summer's camp counselors at Camp Lakey Gap, an overnight summer camp for children and adults on the autism spectrum. For more information about this wonderful autism-friendly camp for autistic children and adults, visit

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A Practical Approach: Improving communication, interaction, and teaching with students who have autistic styles of thinking and learning (Black Mountain, NC)

June 27, 2018
Asheville Academy for Girls, 126 Camp Elliot Rd
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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Catherine provides an individualized in-service training for the teachers, mentors, and therapists working at the Asheville Academy for Girls, a residential program in the mountains of North Carolina.  

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July 2018

Consulting to Camp Lakey Gap, Overnight Summer Camp for Autistic Children and Adults (Black Mountain, NC)

July 29, 2018 - August 3, 2018
Christmount Retreat Center, 222 Fern Way
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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Catherine serves as the full-time consultant for the final week of the summer of 2018. This week is the last “Adult Week” at this premier overnight summer camp.  For more information about the camp: visit

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September 2018

The Transformative Power of Autistic Self-Knowledge and Self-Advocacy: Speaking Your Truth (Boone, NC)

September 21, 2018
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September 21, 2018 in Boone, North Carolina. Catherine Faherty and co-presenter Jade McWilliams, Artist, Activist, and Autistic Advocate, provide a full-day seminar for teachers, therapists, and other professionals who work on behalf of children and adults on the autism spectrum; autistic adults, friends and allies, parents and family members. This day-long seminar covers the essentials of how to foster authentic self-knowledge and self-advocacy, including when to talk with your child about autism, and how to nurture self-understanding in open and…

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Observation, Consultation, and Individualized Training for Teachers (Asheville, NC)

September 25, 2018 - September 28, 2018
Evergreen Community Charter School, 50 Bell Rd
Asheville, North Carolina 28805 United States
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Catherine’s favorite consultation model starts by observing the target classrooms at the beginning of the week, and listening to the teachers questions and concerns. Next, she creates a full-day training for teachers and administration, responding directly to the individual needs of the program, and finally returns to present this training at the end of the week.

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Catherine Faherty has been creating autism teacher training models and speaking at conferences since the 1980’s.  To inquire about these topics; or to find out if she can speak about another topic, contact: