Community Outreach & Education

Information tailored to a variety of populations

Schedule a Presentation

Our programs continue to create the best impact for children and adults. To schedule a presentation or for more information, contact us through our online form or by phone at (210) 653-5353.

Cultural Outreach

Know the Difference

The Know the Difference campaign focuses on increasing awareness about epilepsy in the African American community through faith and community based awareness activities and materials. Training sessions include accurate information about seizure recognition & first aid, treatment options, safety, resources, and support information for families and caregivers.

Promotores Curriculum

The Promotores training program educates community health workers, also known as “promotores” in the Hispanic community, about epilepsy to provide support and education to families living with epilepsy.

Medical Interpreters Training

The Medical Interpreter Project educates Spanish language interpreters who attend medical visits with families to serve as advocates for appropriate care. Trainings focus on Seizure Recognition and Response.

Seizure Smart Schools

Each year, Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas conducts online and in-person training courses for school nurses and school personnel.

Managing Students with Seizures: Free Training for School Nurses

Managing Students with Seizures is an accredited continuing education training program designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by supporting positive treatment outcomes, maximizing educational and developmental opportunities, and ensuring a safe and supportive environment. Upon completion of the three modules, the school nurse will receive 3.2 CNE contact hours.

Seizure Training for School Personnel

The Seizure Training for School Personnel program provides teachers and other school personnel with the information needed to recognize seizures, respond with appropriate first aid, and understand the impact seizures have on students. It is for elementary, middle and secondary school staff, including teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, security guards, custodians, or anyone else that will come in contact with students. School personnel who complete the program and score an 80% or better on the test that follows can earn 0.1 ANSI/IACET CEUs, or 0.1 Category I CEUs for Certified Health Education Specialists through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This training is available either in the classroom setting or online.

Seizures and You: Take Charge of the Facts

This curriculum has been designed to educate teens and tweens ages 11–18. This evidence based program focuses on basic seizure recognition and first aid, and can be completed in one 45-minute class period. The training meets Health Education Standards 4 & 5 of the National Education Standards for middle and high schools. This program has educated over 20,000 students in middle and high schools annually.

Because You Are My Friend

This training program is designed to raise awareness about epilepsy by educating elementary age children through the use of flip charts, “seizure buddies”, story time, and videos. The training teaches children about epilepsy and first aid in an age appropriate format.

The Epilepsy in the College Community program is designed to improve awareness of epilepsy and seizures on college campuses. This training program educates personnel from various campus agencies, dormitory Resident Advisors, and college students about appropriate seizure first aid. Additionally, students will learn about the risk of new onset seizures resulting from abusive use of alcohol and drugs on campus.

Special Populations

Senior Moment or Seizure Moment?

A lot of “senior moments” may in fact be seizures. About 50,000 new cases of epilepsy occur in people aged 60 and above each year, and a significant number of additional cases are undiagnosed. This program teaches caregivers how to recognize seizures, treatment considerations for the elderly, and first aid. Resources and support are provided for caregivers.

Training for Adult Day Care Centers

The demographic shifts suggest that adult day program staff should anticipate a spike in participants with epilepsy. This training program is designed to help staff and administrators of Adult Day Center programs to understand the needs of seniors with or at risk for developing epilepsy. The training provides basic, straightforward information about epilepsy, useful to health professionals involved in caring for Seniors in Adult Day Center programs. This training will help staff anticipate the unique needs and concerns of seniors and their caregivers.

The Women & Epilepsy Initiative curriculum focuses on the critical issues relating to women’s health and epilepsy. Some of the key topics include hormonal effects of epilepsy, impact of seizures on fertility and birth control, pregnancy and parenting issues, menopause and epilepsy, and the long-term effects of medication.

TBI and Epilepsy

Studies show that 19.5% of U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have reported possible Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). TBI has now been identified as a “signature injury of the global war on terror”. The long-term effects of head injuries create a heightened risk of post-traumatic conditions, including epilepsy. The incidence of Post Traumatic Epilepsy in active duty soldiers diagnosed with TBI is as high as 53%. This awareness campaign is a systematic approach to advocating, and educating Veterans and their families, healthcare providers, and veteran serving agencies about the correlations between TBI & Epilepsy.

Professional and Personal

We provide accurate epilepsy information and appropriate referrals to community agencies. We provide persons with epilepsy, families, and service providers with accurate, current information about the disorder, and referrals to appropriate services. We respond to requests for information by telephone, mail, internet and in person. We provide brochures, information sheets and other materials. In addition, we offer a lending library of videos, books and pamphlets. For more information, contact us through our online form or call us at (210) 653-5353.

EMS Curriculum

The EMS training, about 60 minutes in length, describes a variety of seizures associated with epilepsy, seizures with other potential causes, appropriate EMS response on scene, and issues to be considered when determining whether or not further medical care is warranted. Classroom based trainings and online CEU trainings available.

Law Enforcement Curriculum

The Law Enforcement training, about 45 minutes in length, aims to train law enforcement on seizure recognition, correct response to seizures, and awareness of the unique needs of people with epilepsy who might be taken into police custody. Classroom based and online trainings available.

Work Connection

Work Connection is a supportive employment program that allows you to express your employment needs while networking with others in similar situations. Let us help you connect to work! Work Connection prepares you for employment, and after employment is obtained, our goal is to ensure success in your new position by assisting you to adjust to your new work environment.

Employer Education Program

This program educates employers and the workforce about epilepsy and create a supportive environment where individuals with epilepsy are accepted in the workplace. This program focuses on providing legal, human resources, and interpersonal training for working persons living with epilepsy.

Accommodations Conversations: A Training Tool for Employees with Epilepsy

This training program is designed to educate employees with epilepsy on effective approaches to conducting conversations with their employers about necessary workplace accommodations.

This training program highlights seizure recognition, first aid, safety in your home, supportive services/resources, and decreasing risks of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

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