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Epilepsy Friendly Award

Epilepsy is characterised by a tendency to have repeated seizures that start in the brain.  Having a seizure can sometimes render a person unconscious, often with no warning, and as a result people with epilepsy can become anxious about accessing their local community, businesses and services for fear of collapsing in public or suffering an injury.  The condition is often misunderstood and can cause a person to behave in unusual ways.

 

Successfully obtaining the Epilepsy Friendly Award (EFA) demonstrates an ability and willingness to help people with epilepsy, should they require it.  This award recognises businesses that have made adjustments to ensure that they are as accessible to people with epilepsy and have trained their staff to respond appropriately to seizures.  

 

The criteria for achieving the award are simple:

 

*                   Train staff to recognise epilepsy and respond appropriately if they witness a seizure

*                   Make reasonable adjustments to your working environment

                   Offer customer information on site and online to help people access your business

*                   Promote awareness of epilepsy

*                   Encourage customer feedback

 

As Scotland’s voice for epilepsy we want to make sure that people with epilepsy can access businesses and services confidently and safely.  Making your premises accessible does not mean making large or expensive changes; small inexpensive adjustments can make a world of difference to a person with epilepsy.   

 

‘Sometimes I get so confused, when I’m having a series of small seizures.  I can just stand in an aisle unsure of what’s going on. People misjudge me, thinking I’m up to no good.  If staff recognised I’m struggling and give me a space to sit down quietly, that would be so incredible.’

 

If you’d like to join organisations like Specsavers Trongate, M&S Stirling and more by making your business Epilepsy Friendly then please get in touch with Nicola Milne by emailing NMilne@epilepsyscotland.org.uk or call 0141 427 4911 to speak to Ian. 

 

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