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School and Epilepsy

So, I'm 17 and in the 11th grade. I was diagnosed last semester but never told my teachers or anything. I ended up failing 3 classes last semester because I just cannot stay awake or remember the material. It seems like because I have less than 3 months left it would be pointless to tell them now because I'm already failing 4 classes. My guidance counselors like to tell me I'm lazy and need to actually try but I really do. With no chance of passing this year, is it even worth telling them? It feels like I'd be pulling the pity card. Your thoughts?

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Re: School and Epilepsy

Submitted by seakats on Tue, 2011-03-15 - 01:47

YES!!!  Tell them.  If anything, it will be on record.  You might want to investigate what is called a 504 plan.  This is a website telling about it:  http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/legal-rights/section-504.gs?content=868  As those w/epilepsy, we are included in the Americans with Disability Act.  W/the 504, it's not because you have anything wrong intelligence-wise.  Rather, it takes your disability(epilepsy) into account and arranges things like taking tests from notes, extending time on tests, etc.  There are a LOT of different ways the 504 can help.  It does NOT mean special education (although there's not anything wrong with that!).  It means you have more tools to help you succeed.  If your parent(s) are involved, they can fight for this.  Remembler, the best advocate you can have is yourself.  

When I was on depakote, as a teacher, I thought I'd go insane.  Someone could tell me something and in a half hour I would have forgotten it and constantly fell asleep (not good for a sp. ed teacher).  I was fired for these problems because they told me I was incompetent.  So I know what you mean. We've all been through what you're having to deal with.

If nothing else, have your neuro communicate w/the school.   You should have the same rights as any other student, including the right to succeed.  I hope this helps....just remember, we've been through it, are going through it and you are not alone.

 

PS NO guidance counselor should be telling you you are "just lazy."   Report this to a higher authority if nothing else.

YES!!!  Tell them.  If anything, it will be on record.  You might want to investigate what is called a 504 plan.  This is a website telling about it:  http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/legal-rights/section-504.gs?content=868  As those w/epilepsy, we are included in the Americans with Disability Act.  W/the 504, it's not because you have anything wrong intelligence-wise.  Rather, it takes your disability(epilepsy) into account and arranges things like taking tests from notes, extending time on tests, etc.  There are a LOT of different ways the 504 can help.  It does NOT mean special education (although there's not anything wrong with that!).  It means you have more tools to help you succeed.  If your parent(s) are involved, they can fight for this.  Remembler, the best advocate you can have is yourself.  

When I was on depakote, as a teacher, I thought I'd go insane.  Someone could tell me something and in a half hour I would have forgotten it and constantly fell asleep (not good for a sp. ed teacher).  I was fired for these problems because they told me I was incompetent.  So I know what you mean. We've all been through what you're having to deal with.

If nothing else, have your neuro communicate w/the school.   You should have the same rights as any other student, including the right to succeed.  I hope this helps....just remember, we've been through it, are going through it and you are not alone.

 

PS NO guidance counselor should be telling you you are "just lazy."   Report this to a higher authority if nothing else.

Re: School and Epilepsy

Submitted by Chromata on Mon, 2011-04-04 - 23:13
Definitely tell them; it wouldn't be pulling the pity card and it might end up really helping you. The 504 is a great idea too; I'm on one, albeit for other reasons (I also have a mood disorder, an anxiety disorder, difficulties with writing by hand, severe organizational problems, and an IQ of at least 140, none of which my tiny school is equipped to deal with) and it's only been helpful for me. For example, I don't have to do very much handwriting at this point, with the exception of one of my math courses. This makes things a lot easier for me. A 504 would probably be very helpful for you too; when your teachers understand that you're not lazy but just plain drained they'll be able to help you a lot more. I hope things go well for you.

Re: School and Epilepsy

Submitted by pgd on Tue, 2011-04-05 - 04:03
http://my.epilepsy.com/discussion/993912

Re: School and Epilepsy

Submitted by justroses57 on Thu, 2011-04-21 - 15:24

Here is a simple answer to your simple question: tell them

Here is a simple answer to your simple question: tell them

Re: School and Epilepsy

Submitted by pikachucries on Wed, 2011-05-18 - 03:36
The first time I got epilepsy, I was freaked out, and I didn't want to seem pathetic with the teachers' sympathy. But, then, I told. For a while, they looked at me like I was a hurt puppy, but then they stopped. They saw that just because I was diagnosed with epilepsy, didn't mean I would change my personality. I was a clown, and still am. And, telling the teachers that you have a problem like that is important. My teachers thought I was being an irresponsible fool by coming late, missing morning classes, and failing to pay attention sometimes. But, it was only seizures. :$ When I told them, we dealt with it together. They know that i h am epileptic, and the seizures are something I can not control. Even thought so far, I've been late numerous times, and missed so many classes, with the help of the teachers, I was able to maintain a 90 average. AWW YEEE. You know what the best part was? My guidance counselor was so inconsiderate; she'd always tell me how stupid and irresponsible I was. When i told her I had epilepsy, oh, her face. Her expression was priceless. I was like, YEAH. So, honestly, go tell your teachers. Good luck!

Re: School and Epilepsy

Submitted by Tennisplayer15 on Mon, 2011-09-26 - 10:53
I know how you feel. im 16, and the same thing is happening to me. i finally told my guidence counselor and 1 teacher. it seemed to help. trust me, it wouldnt be a pity card. besides, what have u got to lose? you need to pass, and its not your fault! my problem isnt the teachers so much, its my peers. im getting called a retard and everything else. plus i just moved here 5 months ago, and still cant make friends, because my epilepsy is uncontrooled, and they think im a freak. anyways, tell the teachers. it will help. every little bit counts.

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