About 4 percent of the population will have epilepsy at some stage of their life. Most diagnoses are in children and older people. Whether your school knows of a student with epilepsy or not, there is a high chance within the school community that epilepsy could be part of the life of parents, staff, grandparents or friends. Being Epilepsy Smart is important and relevant for all schools.
An Epilepsy Smart School is one that understands and puts into practice inclusive practices that support a student with epilepsy to achieve academically and supports the student to foster peer relations. Broadly, there are three key aspects for schools to strive to achieve:
The Epilepsy Foundation provides schools with FREE online resources to better help school children and teachers understand epilepsy. Click here find out more.
For further information on training and resources to help your school become Epilepsy Smart, please call the Epilepsy Foundation (Melbourne metropolitan) on 8809 0600 or the Epilepsy Infoline (regional Victoria) on 1300 761 487 for the cost of a local call.
Alternatively, you can email the Epilepsy Foundation.