Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre
Youth with epilepsy
If you are like most teens with epilepsy, you have lots of questions. Sometimes you may not really want to talk to adults, not at first anyways. To help, we've taken the questions teens seem to ask the most, and put together a booklet called Looks like I have Epilepsy...Can I still have a Life? The booklet talks about things like driving, drinking, working, friends, dating, sexuality, sports, and school. To download your free copy, click here. If you want a regular printed copy of our booklet, and/or have any questions we didn't answer, you can call us for some free and confidential information.
If you're having some trouble at school, we can help. If you want us to, we can talk with your teachers. Other teens with epilepsy tell us it helps. You can send us an email.
Dr. Robert Mittan's Epilepsy Education Articles
Direct from Dr. Mittan's Seizures and Epilepsy Education website, six articles that every parent of a child with epilepsy should read. Dr. Mittan explains what parents need to know about seizures and epilepsy, how to get optimum seizure control, and how to raise a child without shame, guilt or fear.
Summer Camp for Kids with Epilepsy - Each year, the Zajac Ranch for Children hosts hundreds of children with chronic illnesses or disabilities who might not otherwise have a chance to enjoy a summer camp experience. The Ranch, located in Mission BC, gives young people with extraordinary needs a chance to make friends, to try new things and above all, to have fun. The summer camp for children with epilepsy will be offered the week of July 10-16, 2007. There is also a sibling camp that week. Campers range in age from 7 to 17. There is a great variety of activities offered at camp, and the ratio of staff to camper is 3:1. Excellent 24 hour medical care is provided.
The Zajac Foundation offers a significant subsidy to cover a portion of the $1,500 cost. The Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre will provide additional funds to assist two families to send their children to camp. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you are interested.
For further details, please visit the Zajac Camp website, www.zajacranch.com
Recreation Integration Victoria - This community organization is dedicated to providing the support needed to enable those with disabilities to fully participate in recreational activities. RIV is once again publishing their Summer Services Booklet - a compendium that lists a variety of summer programs for children and teens with disabilities. For those who require it, RIV offers one-on-one supports to children in community recreation programs.
Their services are for everyone - adults, teens and children. Take the "Leisure Assistant's Pass", for example. This pass eliminates the financial barrier encountered by a person with a disability who requires an assistant. The pass permits the assistant to be given free adminisstion to facilities and attractions, when accompanying the person with the disability. For details about this and all other programs, please phone 250-477-6314, or visit www.rivonline.org
- End Trash Talk - Website dedicated to raising awareness of epilepsy among young people.
- Youth Volunteer Connections Program - Free individualized volunteer placements for youth. One-on-one support and assistance. Over 250 agencies - call 386-2269 or drop by #306-620 View Street. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Youth Line 386-TALK