About ECHO Autism


ECHO is a teleconferencing model based on the idea of "Moving Knowledge, Not Patients."

At the STAR initiative, we participate in a global movement called ECHO. Project ECHO began in 2003 at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque. There a new virtual solution was offered to a growing healthcare problem: the reality that in most areas only a fraction of patients receive the specialty care they need. The first ECHO networks mentored physicians about hepatitis C so they could carry on best practices in their local clinics. This reduced the barriers of cost, travel, and wait times to many patients. Since then, ECHO networks have spread across universities, hospitals, and healthcare organizations to address a myriad of complex healthcare issues. These networks continue to adhere to the same basic principles: they are free, committed to team-based care, practice mentorship, and are based on the idea of "all teach, all learn."

ECHO Autism is a worldwide community focused on using this model in autism care. 

Our ECHO networks are focused on supporting communities in Virginia affected by autism. We understand that autism reaches far into all areas of life, and so our ECHO networks are not focused on one particular community. We hope to improve outcomes for individuals with autism in schools, local care clinics, at home, and in other situations.

Our hub teams connect with all participants on Zoom. You can participate with any front-facing camera on a laptop, desktop, or mobile device.

What is ECHO Autism?

See what is involved in an ECHO Autism session, featuring partners from the University of Missouri.