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DirectCourseThe DirectCourse online curricula, including the College of Direct Support, College of Employment Services and College of Personal Care and Assistance, are designed to help those who support people with intellectual, developmental 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 at prestigious universities, including the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of California, San Francisco's Center for Personal Assistance Services.

DirectCourse evolved out of the rich history of the evidence-based College of Direct Support curriculum developed by the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center on Community Living, which was founded over 10 years ago, and is being used by over  a quarter of a million learners in more than 32 states nationwide. The rich, interactive curricula are proven to increase job satisfaction and lower staff turnover – all while celebrating the role these emerging professionals play in society, empowering them to perform at the highest level.

Discover the impact that the DirectCourse curricula can have on your organization. Elsevier is proud to partner with the ANCOR Foundation and is pleased to offer ANCOR members a preferred rate of up to 25% off DirectCourse curricula’s purchase price. For more information, call 888-526-8756 or e-mail

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