Advocacy Through Education: School Intervention Program

The relationship between a parent of a child with epilepsy and his or her school is crucial to the well-being of the child as well as the family. The Advo­cacy Through Education School Intervention Program provides parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure that their child is receiving the education that best fits their needs.

Because a student’s education should never be sacrificed due to a disability, parents need to be aware of the rights and expecta­tions of their child as a student. This program provides educational advocacy and support to families of school-aged children, as well as to the students themselves. Train­ing and support is also available to any school staff that are providing services to a student with epilepsy. Foundation case managers attend Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan meetings to advocate on a student’s behalf and provide schools with educational materials regarding epilepsy related issues in an academic environment.

The Foundation’s advocates are well versed in the Special Education Law 94-142—a key component to the laws and statutes designed to protect a person with a disability. Their knowledge and ability to educate others creates a concrete pathway for children with epilepsy to receive a proper education.

Educational Advocacy:

  • Individualized Education Plans
  • 504 Plan meetings
  • Teacher Institute Days