Catherine Faherty

Catherine Faherty

Catherine Faherty is an autism author, trainer, teacher, and consultant and the author of four books, one of which was honored as the Autism Society of America's 2009 Outstanding Literary Work.

She worked as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH program in North Carolina for more than two decades from 1990 to 2012 as a parent consultant; child and adult therapist; consultant to school programs; trainer of teachers and other professionals locally, nationally, and internationally; and facilitator of social groups for adults on the spectrum, along with support and education groups for parents and family members.

She has written manuals used in TEACCH trainings and co-developed a multitude of training models. Catherine is one of a few authorized Social Stories™ instructors by Carol Gray to provide training in Social Stories™. She taught a variety of students with diverse learning styles before creating a model TEACCH classroom in the 1980s for students with ASD.

Since the 1990s Catherine has championed the right of children and adults to learn about their autism diagnosis, and through her books and mentoring she encourages and facilitates them and their parents, family, therapists, and teachers in the process of mutual communication. Her work empowers autistic individuals in the process of self-knowledge and self-advocacy. Her mentoring and consultation via long-distance technology is sought after by therapists, teachers, and parents in the United States and around the world.

Above all Catherine is a devoted ally to autistic self-advocates. For more information, visit her website at

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