Niagara College marks Autism Awareness month with QR Code Hunt

October is Autism Awareness month and staff and students are working to ensure that it’s on the radar at Niagara College with a month-long campaign.

Organized by staff and student volunteers from the College’s Autism and Behavioural Science (ABS) graduate certificate program the Second Annual QR Code Hunt for Autism Awareness is now in full swing.

“We launched the annual QR Code Hunt an interactive way to raise awareness among students and staff about autism and the college’s ABS program” said Terry Poirer Autism and Behavioural Sciences coordinator and faculty-educational assistant Special Needs Support program. “Following the success of last year’s campaign we are broadening it this year as a learning experience for our student volunteers and hope to reach out to even more students from a variety of programs who may be interested in pursuing the ABS graduate certificate.”

As part of the QR Code Hunt for Autism Awareness posters that feature QR codes will be placed across the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses. By scanning the codes the college community will access information about autism the ABS program and have a chance to win weekly prizes. 

Student volunteers from the ABS program will also operate booths once a week throughout October where passers-by can access information about autism and the college’s ABS program.

“I think a lot of people don’t look up information about autism unless they’re faced with it. If we tell them about it there’s a higher chance that they may become interested in learning more” said ABS student and campaign volunteer Alexis Leo. 

“We hope we will make people more aware about autism and our program which provides the most up-to-date information available to us” said ABS student and campaign volunteer Katelynn Di Lello. “As a graduate of the College’s Educational Assistant – Special Needs Support program the ABS program is opening new doors for me.”

Students will operate a booth the Welland Campus on Fri. Oct 3 (cafeteria foyer) 1:30-3 p.m. and Thurs. Oct. 16 (Applied Health Institute foyer) 2:30-3:30 p.m; and at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus Fri. Oct. 10 (cafeteria foyer) 1:30-3 p.m; and Tues. Oct. 28 (cafeteria foyer) 9-11 a.m.

Niagara College’s Autism and Behavioural Sciences is a one-year program that prepares graduates to work predominantly with individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. For information visit

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 Part-Time Studies 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. For more information visit


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