Epilepsy Ottawa


In the middle of a London, Ontario mall during the busy Christmas rush, a man had a convulsive seizure. People stopped and stared, but the only person who knew what to do was a 10-year-old girl who had been there shopping with her grandmother. The young girl immediately took over and instructed the adults around her how to provide seizure first aid. Later that day, her grandmother asked her how she knew what to do. “I learned it at school,” she answered. The local epilepsy agency had presented Thinking About Epilepsy to her Grade 5 classroom.

Did you know that close to 10,000 people in Ottawa and the surrounding regions have been diagnosed with epilepsy? Many of them never talk about it because they fear discrimination, job loss, reduced educational opportunities, and social isolation. Children with epilepsy are often excluded from play-dates, games at recess, and birthday parties.

With your help, Ottawa area classrooms can become more inclusive of kids with epilepsy and children will learn to save lives.

Thinking About Epilepsy is an interactive epilepsy education program tied to Ontario’s Grade 5 health and science curriculum. It is proven to increase children’s knowledge of seizures and seizure first aid, and change their attitudes towards people with epilepsy.

You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know that it's followed by Giving Tuesday, the start of the giving season? On Tuesday, November 29th help us kick off the giving season with our campaign to bring Thinking About Epilepsy to Ottawa and the surrounding regions.

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