NEW Film for Thought Course Breaking Shells: Art and Steve


The University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center of Community Living, authors of the College Of Direct Support curriculum and Elsevier are pleased to announce the release of a new Film for Thought course, Breaking Shells: Art and Steve. This course is now available for Learning Administrators to incorporate into the learner’s lesson plan by creating a module and assigning to learners.

Film for Thought: Breaking the Shells: Art and Steve

This Film for Thought course, “Breaking the Shells”, is a documentary of two men who are self-advocates. The men call themselves “The Messengers.” This is because they teach others about personal rights. The Messengers explain how they became leaders in their own person-centered planning process. These two men have gained control in their lives by using this process. They share their message so that others can develop the same skills to plan for their lives. The Messengers believe that this process supports individual choice and freedom. They understand that direct support professionals play an important role in achieving this vision. You will join The Messengers as they spread their message to stakeholders.

Suggested Pre-requisite Courses in the CDS Curriculum

  • Civil Rights and Advocacy
  • Community Inclusion
  • Direct Support Professionalism
  • Individual Rights and Choice
  • Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Working with Families and Support Networks
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