Cerebral Palsy Course Strengthens CDS Curriculum as Second Disability Intensive Course Offering

Monday, November 30, 2009 General News
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ATLANTA, Georgia, November 30 The College ofDirect Support (CDS), an internet-based curriculum for direct supportprofessionals and managed in partnership by MC Strategies/Elsevier and theUniversity of Minnesota's Research and Training Center, announced today thatits second Disability Intensive Course (DIC) on "Cerebral Palsy" is nowavailable for administrators and learners to use as part of the onlinecurriculum. It is the second of the DIC courses added to the CDS courselineup. The CDS had released a DIC course on "Autism" earlier this year.

The DIC courses are different in nature from the traditional CDS courseformat of multiple lessons.

A DIC is a specialized course within the CDS Curriculum that focuses on aspecific disability or condition - like cerebral palsy. Unlike other CDScourses, a DIC has one longer lesson instead of multiple lessons. Thesecourses define and describe the nature of a specific disability or conditionand have information about the causes, characteristics, and symptoms of thedisability or condition. They share stories of people who have thisdisability or condition and how it might affect their family members. Thesecourses will help Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and family membersunderstand how each disability affects people in their day-to-day lives andhow co-occurring disorders with this disability or condition affect people aswell.

A DIC will help identify strategies that work well when supporting peoplewho have the disability. Finally, DICs offer suggestions for many specificresources that will help learners continue their studies towardsunderstanding this disability or condition and the role they play insupporting individuals more fully.

The "Cerebral Palsy" course introduces DSPs and others to the disability.Cerebral palsy is a very common disability. It is a brain disorder thataffects body movement and also affects muscle coordination. Cerebral palsycan begin in infancy or early childhood and can also be acquired at a laterage when a specific part of the brain is injured. It is a permanentcondition, but it does not get worse over time. Learners will learn torecognize common characteristics of cerebral palsy and it will also describethe main types of cerebral palsy. Finally, it will help DSPs and othersunderstand some of the typical supports needed by someone who has cerebralpalsy.

About the College of Direct Support

The College of Direct Support is a learning gateway for contemporary bestpractices for Direct Support Professionals. By incorporating web-basedlearning, backed by nationally recognized curricula, the CDS is designed topromote a profession of direct support. The CDS is being used in more than 30states and also in Canada. It is a partnership between MC Strategies/Elsevierand the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center's Institute onCommunity Integration, which authors the curriculum.

CDS offers a complete lineup of courses offered on the MCStrategies/Elsevier's Learning Management System.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. The company works in partnershipwith the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000journals, including The Lancet (http://www.thelancet.com) and Cell(http://www.cell.com ), and close to 20,000 book titles, including majorreference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions includeScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com), Scopus (http://www.scopus.com),Reaxys (http://www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com) andNursing Consult (http://www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance theproductivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite(http://www.scival.com) and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (http://www.medai.com),which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes morecost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is partof Reed Elsevier Group PLC (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leadingpublisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed ElsevierPLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam),REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Contact: Tom King, +1-877-353-2767, tking@collegeofdirectsupport.comFor additional information, you may visithttp://www.collegeofdirectsupport.com or call Bill Tapp, National Director ofthe CDS, or Tom King, Director of Communications, at +1-877-353-2767 (tollfree). You also can send an email to Tom King attking@collegeofdirectsupport.com.

SOURCE Elsevier

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