Niagara College marks Autism Awareness Month

Autism awareness is in full force at Niagara College.

The College’s Autism and Behavioural Science (ABS) graduate certificate program has been marking Autism Awareness Month in October with a month-long initiative – its first annual QR Code Hunt for Autism Awareness.

Terry Poirier Autism and Behavioural Sciences coordinator and faculty-educational assistant Special Needs Support program said the initiative is an interactive way to raise awareness among students and staff about autism and the College’s Autism and Behavioural Sciences program. Participants who find and scan QR codes located on autism awareness posters that have been placed throughout the College’s Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses receive information and become eligible to win weekly prizes.

“We often don’t get enough information about autism and this QR Code Hunt will help dispel some myths about autism as well as generate awareness about the Niagara College’s ABS program” he said. “This is important because the incidence rate continues to increase in Canada for autism spectrum disorder and there is an increasing demand for professionals in the field.”

As part of the initiative Autism Ontario has been setting up an information booth at the College each Wednesday in October.  

Niagara College’s ABS program is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program that gives students firm grounding in behavioural strategies and applied behavioural analysis principles and practices – specifically in the application of these principles to intensive behavioural intervention with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Its curriculum teaches students about the range of evidence-based practices in autism treatment the full spectrum of ASD as well as the developmental stages and augmentative communication systems as they relate to the behavioural treatment of individuals with ASD. Graduates of this certificate will work predominantly with individuals who have ASD.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics.

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For information contact:

Dorita Pentesco
Acting Director Planning and Communications
905 735-2211 ext. 7653
289 213-8742 (cell)