Participants from 47 area schools participate in The Autism Collective’s  ECHO Autism in the Classroom

Using the ECHO model, this innovative program is the first of its kind in the nation

The Autism Collective launched ECHO Autism in the Classroom on Friday, January 28th, 2022. This program aims to connect education professionals with experts on autism spectrum disorder. Participants will attend four sessions covering the basics of autism, behavior management, classroom-based supports, and supporting children through life and educational transitions. There are 50 participants from 47 schools, 38 school districts, and 18 counties across Illinois.

The Autism Collective is the first organization to host an ECHO Autism in the Classroom program. The program takes the ECHO Autism model, designed for physicians, and applies it to educators. According to the CDC, 1 in 44 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a spectrum disorder, autism provides unique strengths and challenges to every person affected. 

ECHO Autism in the Classroom aims to empower educators with essential knowledge and connect them with experts.

“After two successful ECHO Autism sessions with Primary Care Physicians, we saw how this program could also be a lifeline to educators in our communities. By utilizing the ‘all-teach-all-learn’ education model, ECHO Autism in the Classroom focuses on interactive case discussions. We are excited to see how this program empowers participants and creates a supportive network across Central Illinois”

Holly Swearingian, Manager of Clinical Operations for The Autism Collective and the Hub Team Director

Project ECHO was started in New Mexico by a physician who saw far too many patients traveling extensive distances to find expert care. Project ECHO spreads knowledge from centralized locations into every community. ECHO Autism is a branch of Project ECHO that focuses specifically on spreading knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

To learn more about ECHO Autism in the Classroom, The Autism Collective, or resources available in our community for persons with autism, visit

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