Save the date! The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to announce an upcoming conference on recent advances in epilepsy! This conference will focus primarily on advances in adult epilepsy, and will feature topics such as surgical options, traumatic brain injury, and alternative medicine. Lunch will be provided. Visit our Educational Conferences page for details.
School Nurse Continuing Education – Managing Students with Seizures
The Epilepsy Foundation and National Association of School Nurses (NASN) partner to provide a school nurse continuing education program titled “Managing Students with Seizures: A Training for School Nurses.” NASN involvement insures that objectives and content are specifically designed to meet the real and immediate needs of school nurses.
Objectives of the program include:
Recognize seizures and their impact
Know current treatment options and their safe effects
Know appropriate first aid
Develop a seizure action plan
Understand key elements of a training for teachers and other school personnel
This training is designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies, and resources that enable him/her to better manage students with seizures by:
Supporting positive treatment outcomes
Maximizing educational and developmental opportunities
Creating a safe and supportive environment
Managing Students with Seizures is a continuing education program for school nurses. The 3 ½ hour train-the-trainer program features a neuro-nurse explaining aspects of epilepsy, seizure types, diagnosis, treatment, and first aid for the student having a seizure. A school nurse presenter will train attendees on methods for re-teaching the curriculum to school administrators, teachers and students.
This program for school personnel is 60 minutes long, but you can leave and come back; the program will save your progress. You will take a short test before the program just to see how much you currently know about seizures and epilepsy, and one following the program to see how much you’ve learned.
The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to announce an upcoming conference on recent advances in epilepsy! This conference will focus primarily on advances in adult epilepsy, and will feature topics such as surgical options, traumatic brain injury, and alternative medicine. Lunch will be provided.
For any questions, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-406-3581.
The Amber Sweeney Memorial Scholarship assists an individual with epilepsy to continue her/his education. The scholarship is in memory of Amber Sweeney (pictured), a Prescott resident who died as a result of a seizure.
College students currently under the care of a physician for their epilepsy are eligible. Students must be a resident of Arizona and attending an accredited Arizona college. The application deadline is June 30.
This scholarship offers an excellent opportunity to people with epilepsy and to their family members and caregivers. There are twenty $5,000 scholarships for people with epilepsy and ten $5,000 awards to family members or caregivers of people with epilepsy. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal and permanent resident of the United States. A program description and requirement to apply can be found on the UCB website at http://www.ucbepilepsyscholarship.com.
For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona at (602) 406-3581 or email@example.com.
(Ages 8-17) – For over ten years, Camp Candlelight has provided a fun, educational, and safe camp experience for children with epilepsy. Camp Candlelight is one week summer camp featuring activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses, archery, arts and crafts and nature hikes, as well as many other activities. In addition to a wide variety of activities, Camp Candlelight offers the chance to bond with other children who have a first-hand understanding of life with epilepsy. Campers range in age from 8 to 15, and teens aged 16 and 17 have the opportunity to become counselors-in-training, learning important skills such as mentorship and leadership. For more information, please visit the Camp Candlelight page.
Take Charge of the Storm
(Ages 11-18) – Seizures and You: Take Charge of the Storm is an epilepsy awareness program targeting teens and pre-teens. Students who complete this program will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy as a medical condition, identify and learn about different types of seizures and know what to do and what not to do when someone is having a seizure.
Arizona Youth Leadership Council
Arizona Youth Council provides a venue for youth mentorship. Youth Council members serve as ambassadors or public spokespersons for the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s mission. Membership in the council includes youth who may or may not have epilepsy. Members of the Youth Council serve as local program and youth outreach materials advisors.
Teens Speak Up
As part of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s advocacy program, kids with epilepsy from all over the U.S. and their family members attend the Kids Speak Up Program and the Epilepsy Foundation’s Public Policy in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the dual programs is to bring together people with epilepsy to learn about new approaches to treatments for epilepsy, understand the social impact of epilepsy on the family system, as well as to recognize the power that each one of them has in making a change in epilepsy awareness and understanding. The culmination of the three day weekend are Capitol Hill visits by the kids with epilepsy, their families and affiliate members to bring the messages learned to their respective Senators and Representatives.
Epilepsy is unpredictable and affects the lives of each individual differently. Our empowerment meetings offer a supportive venue that provides the opportunity to meet others affected by epilepsy.
Northeast Valley Empowerment Meeting ” Young Adults, Adults and Seniors
Third Monday of the month
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
5777 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054
First Floor, Room 220
Tucson Empowerment Meeting – Young Adults, Adults and Seniors
First Tuesday of the month
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The University of Arizona Medical Center
1501 N. Campbell
Tucson, AZ 85724
Cafeteria Dining Room D
Havasu Epilepsy Advocacy Team – Young Adults, Adults and Seniors
Last Monday of the month
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Havasu Community Health Foundation Office
Located in the Shambles
2126 McCulloch Blvd, Unit 5
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405
Central Phoenix Support & Empowerment Group ” All Ages
Second Monday of the month
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Sandstone Conference Room North
This group provides the opportunity for people living with epilepsy to meet, share resources, vent, speak with medical professionals and unite.
The East Valley Epilepsy Group
Third Thursday of the month
2100 S. Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85209
This group was created in 2010 by a wonderful young woman in the East Valley that wanted to meet other people with epilepsy.
West Valley Empowerment Group – Young Adults, Adults and Seniors
First Thursday of the Month
Peace Lutheran Church
N. 89th Ave
Peoria, AZ 85382
Flagstaff Empowerment Group
Second & Fourth Tuesday of the month
7:00pm – 8:00pm
NAU Communication Building #16. Room 232
307 W. Tormey Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Camp Candlelight 2015 will be May 24th – 30th
Camp Sky-Y near Prescott, AZ
For an entire week, children with epilepsy (ages 8-17), enjoy all the fun activities and friendships that come with a classic trip to summer camp. While partaking in camp adventures and entertainment, the children are able to leave behind various challenges epilepsy can bring to their daily lives. At Camp Candlelight, campers are surrounded by dozens of other campers who have epilepsy and share in many of the same experiences stemming from the seizure disorder. Camp is often the first time many children meet others their age with epilepsy. Imagine the unique opportunity children have by not worrying about what people think if they have a seizure or if they will be excluded from activities just because they are different. At Camp Candlelight, epilepsy is the norm.
Camp Candlelight features activities such as: rock climbing, ropes course, S’mores around the campfire, swimming, arts and crafts and nature hikes. More important than the activities, Camp Candlelight is an opportunity to bond with other children who experience a seizure disorder.
* Financial assistance is available for campers who qualify.
To be eligible for Camp Candlelight, a child must:
Have a diagnosis of epilepsy or seizure disorders
Be ages 8 through 17
Be able to feed, bathe, dress and toilet with minimal assistance
Work well in small groups
Counselors must be 18 years of age and older. A limited number of Counselor-in-Training positions exist for those aged 17 who have shown leadership ability in their community or as a previous camper.
For more information, please contact the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona at (602) 406-3581 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for Camp Candlelight 2015 will be made available in January 2015.