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Elsevier Providing Online Education And Training To United Cerebral Palsy National Affiliates

PHILADELPHIA, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Curriculum to reach nearly a quarter million individuals globally

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has entered into an agreement with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) to offer the College of Direct Support online education and training, included in the DirectCourse curricula portfolio, to UCP's network of nearly 100 affiliates across the U.S. The College of Direct Support online curriculum consists of more than 50 courses for direct support professionals and is managed in collaboration with Elsevier and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living.

"The College of Direct Support curriculum is perfect for our organization," said Anita Porco, Vice President of Affiliate Network at UCP. "These courses offer another way for organizations to improve care, build relationships with and retain staff, and advance careers. Offering training such as this helps staff improve and become better care workers and caregivers."

The UCP network supports nearly 200,000 individuals with cerebral palsy and a spectrum of developmental disabilities, with hundreds of employees across the United States, Canada and Australia.

"The DirectCourse/College of Direct Support curriculum is an effective tool for UCP affiliates of all sizes," said Bill Tapp, Director, Elsevier's DirectCourse. "It provides support for smaller organizations that may not have the resources for specific, on-site training, while larger organizations can benefit greatly from the convenience of an online curriculum, offering multiple employees from various locations around the country localized online instruction."

About DirectCourse

The DirectCourse online curricula, including College of Direct Support, College of Employment Services and College of Personal Care and Assistance, and College of Recovery and Community Inclusion, are designed to help those who support people with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities, including older adults, build more rewarding careers. The curricula has been developed through a collaboration between Elsevier and various nationally designated centers of excellence and universities, including the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living, the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston, the Center for Personal Assistance Services at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.

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