Epilepsy Smart Schools

What is an Epilepsy Smart School?
Epilepsy Awareness
What is an Epilepsy Smart School?

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If you’ve arrived here, that means you are interested in learning more about epilepsy. Maybe your friend has epilepsy. Maybe you have epilepsy and want to know more about how your school can become epilepsy smart? Or perhaps you want to do a project or presentation about epilepsy at school or in your community.

You’ve come to the right place!

An Epilepsy Smart School is a school where anyone with epilepsy feels confident and safe and can be their best – in their school work, in sports and with their friends.

Explore the tab on the side and the resources on this website for further information.

If at any time you have a question about your epilepsy please contact the Epilepsy Australia Information Line on 1300 852 853.

Epilepsy Smart Postcard

Have a look at our Epilepsy Smart Postcard (PDF 1MB). It will quickly tell you the key facts about epilepsy.

If at any time you have a question about your epilepsy please contact the Epilepsy Australia Information Line on 1300 852 853.

Epilepsy Smart Quiz

Feeling epilepsy smart? Take the Epilepsy Smart Quiz and find out!

Epilepsy Awareness

Presentations

These online resources will support the student with epilepsy to educate their peers about epilepsy. Teachers may also use the presentations themselves to instruct their class.

All About Us, All About Others (Years 1-4) (external link)
Tuning into our diversity (Years 5-8) (external link)

Peer Educator Program

Your teacher can support you in using the online presentations to educate other students about epilepsy through the Peer Educator Program (there are teacher resources in the Teacher section of this website that will help them!)

You can assist in raising awareness of epilepsy while helping to educate other students on recognising and valuing diversity in themselves and others.

Click here to access all the Peer Educator Program resources.

Classroom Activities

There are many fun Classroom Activities (PDF 1MB) that you can use when educating others about epilepsy. They are particularly useful during the month of March, which aligns to Purple Day, but can be used at any time to reinforce understanding of epilepsy using color and fun.

What is Purple Day?

In 2008 nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, started Purple Day in an effort to get people talking about the disorder and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. Cassidy named the day ‘Purple Day’ after the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy – lavender. On the 26th March (Purple Day) people from around the globe are asked to spread the word about epilepsy by wearing purple.

Consider asking your teacher to participate in some Classroom Activities (PDF 1MB) during the month of March.

Recommended reading list for children

The Recommended reading list for children (PDF 1MB) list is filled with books that have been selected as suitable reading for children of all ages. The books cover a range of subjects related to living with epilepsy, enabling you to share information about epilepsy with other student through stories that they can relate to.

Disclosing your epilepsy – to get the job done

For any student about to embark on a work placement, this practical resource Disclosing your epilepsy – to get the job done (PDF 827KB) will guide them through the considerations and implications involved in disclosing their epilepsy within a ‘need-when-how’ framework.

How was your experience today?