Students in a high school club in Cupertino, CA are making the world a better place for people living with disabilities.
The Differences Among Us
The club, called “The Differences Among Us” (TDAU), embodies two main goals. The first goal is to educate students and community members about different disabilities and disorders. The second goal is to promote acceptance. Each year, the club focuses on several disabilities and holds project events to culminate the study of a given disability. The students also hold general events throughout the Cupertino community.
Raising awareness of Epilepsy
Members of the TDAU club reached out to Living Well With Epilepsy for suggestions of projects they could do to describe epilepsy and raise awareness. Below are a few of the suggestions we provided:
Watch “A Seizure by Nathan Jones”. Following the short film have a discussion about what surprised you and what didn’t.
Break into small groups of 3 or 4. 1 person is designated to experience a seizure. That person puts in ear plugs, closes their eyes, is moved to a different part of the room. Then the rest of the group spins the person for 20 seconds. Then the person is laid down on the floor, the earplugs taken out and eyes opened. There should be a sense of dizziness and confusion.
Taking it to the next level
Getting the whole school involved
“Recall a time when you were not in control of a situation or your body. How did you feel?”
Each student will be asked to respond with a one word answer.
Participate in TDAU’s project
Awareness in school continues
Bring TDAU to your school
Don’t forget to include your one word answer to TDAU’s question in the comments below.
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This is great and more high schools and universities should be focusing on raising awareness for students with epilepsy! I believe a better understanding and knowledge about the condition could make a huge difference for people living with epilepsy. Will the students and teachers should also learn about what to do if they see someone having a seizure? Also a great idea that the TDAU Epilepsy Awareness Day will focus on the myths and misconceptions about epilepsy as the public needs to gain more knowledge about the condition 🙂