The Autism Collective, currently a collaboration of Easterseals Central Illinois and OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois, is working to end the isolation felt by those living with autism by uniting experts and connecting families. We coordinate early identification, diagnosis, therapy, services and support close to home – while collaborating and innovating to improve treatment, communication and quality of life. The Autism Collective will be the relentless champion for every person living with autism.

No two organizations are better equipped to lead the effort to end the isolation of autism than founding members Easterseals Central Illinois and OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois. We bring together more than two centuries of expert, compassionate care for children, people with disabilities and the underserved.

New members who share our passion and commitment are welcome to join us. Please contact info@theautismcollective.org for details on how to get involved.

All members of our team can assist you with the care you need when you need it.  This includes pediatric, transitional, and adult care.  We can also assist following a major life change.  Additional support services include:

  • Financial Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Comprehensive care plans
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Support groups
  • Medication
  • Education
  • Mental health
  • Insurance coverage
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Medical specialists
  • Diagnostics

Holly Swearingian, MSN, PCNS-BC
Autism Nurse Coordinator

Marybeth Arduini, BSW
Autism Family Navigator

Mary Kelly, BFA
Autism Family Navigator

Board Member Chris Chadwick

Chris Chadwick
Retired, Caterpillar, Inc.

Dr. Jason Rodeghero

Jason Rodeghero, PhD, MBA
Senior Vice President Occupational Health & Rehabilitation Services, OSF HealthCare

Jim Runyon
Retired, Easterseals Central Illinois

Sarah Stewart de Ramirez, MD
VP of Transformation & Innovation, OSF HealthCare

Jeanne Marshall
Executive Vice President of Services & Chief Program Officer,  Easterseals Midwest

Services

Ending the isolation of autism demands a collective effort. The Autism Collective unites caregivers, educators and advocates to coordinate diagnosis, quality therapy, evidence-based services and ongoing support. We bring together a broad spectrum of expertise so families can access game-changing treatment and resources close to home. And we’re here to help you navigate the complex web of care compassionately and efficiently. For a more information email info@theautismcollective.org or call (844) 910-0770.

Our nurse coordinator and family navigators will help connect families with the most appropriate services for the needs they are experiencing. They will also help coordinate any appointments and therapies to ensure everyone on the care team, including the physicians, therapists and educators, is on the same page with one coordinated, cohesive and customized plan of care.

The Autism Collective is partnering with Project ECHO® to launch an ECHO Autism Hub. ECHO Autism utilizes video technology and an expert team to help local health care professionals become more confident in identifying and treating autism 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. By moving knowledge and not patients, ECHO Autism grows autism expertise throughout Central Illinois.

The Autism Collective is developing an Autism Services Resource Guide to provide one cohesive and customized plan of care through coordinated scheduling of local autism-related services and supports. The initial areas of focus include: medical, therapy/intervention, educational, social/recreational, family support, and useful forms and websites. This guide will be available through The Autism Collective nurse coordinator or family navigators, and on our website. If you have information to share in the resource guide please email info@theautismcollective.org or call (309) 677-0795 .

Get involved

Stay engaged with The Autism Collective and help us in our quest to end the isolation of autism. Sign up to learn about new partners, new services and new research or join our efforts as a volunteer.

Every day, studies regarding diagnosis, treatment and education reveal new ways to help those living with autism reach their full potential. We believe every family deserves access to these up-to-date, evidence-based approaches. The Autism Collective works closely with our partners — including the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and Jump Simulation — to engage in clinical research and scholarly activities, contribute to the body of knowledge, and ensure innovative treatments and technologies are available close to home.

At The Autism Collective, our goal is to make sure no one on the autism journey ever feels alone. To connect with other families and additional support services in your area, contact the Central Illinois Autism Association or Autism McLean. For help navigating the complexities of health insurance, explore these tools and resources and review this summary of the Illinois Insurance Code. And to learn more about how Applied Behavior Analysis is helping children with autism in different ways, take a look at these studies covering early intensive behavioral interventions, toilet training, abduction prevention and language skills.