‘Diabetes’ Is Fifth Disability Intensive Course Introduced to College of Direct Support (CDS) Curriculum

Atlanta, GA, 4 January 2010 - The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based college for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier I MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center, has introduced its newest Disability Intensive Course (DIC) into the CDS Curriculum – Diabetes

This is the fifth DIC course to be added to the CDS curriculum, joining courses on “Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders”, “Brain Injury”, “Cerebral Palsy”, and “Depression” and is the 35th course in the CDS curriculum.

The author of the course is Kelly Nye-Lengerman, a Project Coordinator and author at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration/Research and Training Center, which is responsible for the development and authoring of the CDS curriculum.

Description of the Course 
This course is about Diabetes and the effect it may have on a person’s overall health. Diabetes is a condition where the body does not or cannot produce enough insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar and starches into energy, impacting all body systems. This course presents facts about this affection, describes how Diabetes may affect individuals and their families, and discusses support strategies and Diabetes resources that can be useful to Direct Support Professionals (DSPs).

A DIC is a specialized course within the CDS that focuses on one disability or condition. Unlike other CDS courses, they consist of one lesson. Each course defines and describes the nature of a specific condition, provides information about the causes, characteristics and symptoms, and some stories of people who have this condition are shared.

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 About the College of Direct Support 
The College of Direct Support is a learning gateway for contemporary best practices for Direct Support Professionals. By incorporating web-based learning, backed by nationally recognized curricula, the CDS is designed to promote a profession of direct support. The CDS is being used in more than 30 states and also in Canada. It is a partnership between Elsevier I MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center’s Institute on Community Integration, which authors the curriculum.

CDS offers a complete lineup of courses offered on the Elsevier I MC Strategies Learning Management System.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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