‘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 world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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