Making Implementation Happen. Bridging the Research to Practice Gap.


CAPTAIN is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices for individuals on the autism spectrum across California.

CAPTAIN is dedicated to the following:

  • Providing statewide access to trainings and resources in Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) that are culturally sensitive, family centered, cost effective, and competency based.

  • Establishing supports that are locally based with trainer of trainers at the local level.

  • Emphasizing how to use EBPs to assist students in accessing the California State Standards and developing College and Career Readiness.

  • Providing ongoing training, support, and technical assistance to implement EBPs and ensure fidelity of implementation.

  • Supporting the development of local multiagency collaborations to support consistent use of EBPs.

  • Providing an annual training summit and a forum for collegial communication and support to CAPTAIN Cadre members.

  • Providing web-based access to materials and resources that are vetted and align with current EBPs.

  • Providing information and outreach to other interested stakeholders and provider groups who could benefit from learning more about EBPs (e.g. Professional Organizations, Higher Education, Self Advocates, Allied Health Providers).

  • Promoting the acceptance, support and quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum; using appropriate language to be respectful of varied perspectives; and employing the term “person/individual on the autism spectrum.” We encourage people to read the article, First Do No Harm: Suggestions Regarding Respectful Autism Language: