Epilepsy Early Education and Awareness Program is designed to educate and increase basic knowledge about epilepsy and seizure management among students, school personnel, and families. This program is to implement the knowledge about types of seizures, how to recognize a seizure, and what to do when a seizure occurs. This program is to eliminate perceived stigma and dispel myths that is associated with epilepsy and provide a safe and supportive environment for youths living with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders of childhood. However, in America, as well as in most of other developing countries, little attention has been paid to improve the public knowledge regarding epilepsy. Currently public attitude toward epilepsy is rather negative, full of prejudices and bias. Children with epilepsy in the United States still find themselves confronted with social barriers that prevent them from academic achievements; in addition to current limitations.
Epilepsy Early Education & Awareness Project will conduct a simplified approach to educate and provide our student with the basic knowledge about epilepsy. This program will provide self administered questionnaires, seminars, and other educational resources. The approach will contained questions relating to epilepsy awareness, attitudes, and first-aid management of seizures. This Project will improve the knowledge, attitude, and practice of epilepsy education within our schools.
A general public education campaign for epilepsy and the need to address and correct the existing biases are necessary to improve the quality of life of children with epilepsy in the United States. This Project will change the way the student body perceives epilepsy as a whole.