Community Autism Peer Specialist (CAPS) Hub

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What is CAPS?

The Community Autism Peer Specialist (CAPS) program pairs an autistic individual with a Community Autism Peer Specialist to achieve personal wellness and community integration goals. Activities are chosen by the autistic person to build skills in the areas of employment, postsecondary education, leadership, independent living, self-care and health management, interpersonal relationships, use of public transportation, community participation, and other areas of growth. CAPS are trained peer support professionals. They also have personal experience as self-advocates on the Spectrum. Note that there is a difference between the CAPS Training, CAPS Service, and CAPS Study. Below is a brief explanation with links to learn more.

CAPS Training Program: The 75-hour training that provides you with a foundation to become a CAPS Peer Specialist. After completing the training program, you have an opportunity to apply for CAPS roles in peer support. In addition to a peer specialist role, CAPS Training Program graduates have been employed in roles such as wellness engagement, travel training, autism advocacy, autism services, research, and other areas.

CAPS Service: This is the behavioral health service that pairs an autistic individual with a CAPS Peer Specialist.

CAPS Study: A study that is measuring the effectiveness of the CAPS program.

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