PEORIA — A new resource will be available next year for families impacted by autism.

Easterseals Central Illinois and OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois are launching The Autism Collective, which will initially provide services for children birth to age 14 in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, and McLean counties, both announced in a news release Monday.

The Autism Collective will help connect families with the most appropriate services to meet their needs, and they will help coordinate appointments and therapies to ensure everyone on the care team, including physicians, therapists, and educators, is on the same page with a coordinated, cohesive, and customized plan of care.

The Autism Collective is also partnering with Project Echo® to launch an ECHO Autism Hub for central Illinois. ECHO Autism utilizes video technology and an expert team to help local health care professionals become more confident in identifying and treating symptoms, and in diagnosing and managing a subset of children with autism. ECHO Autism helps families access autism care in the communities where they live. ECHO Autism aims to increase autism expertise throughout central Illinois.

Learn more at www.TheAutismCollective.org.