The charity Epilepsy Action
has launched an innovative new film explaining how to manage epilepsy
to people with moderate learning disabilities.
'Managing your epilepsy' is available on DVD and video with an accompanying booklet and was launched at this month's 'Managing Long Term Conditions 2006' conference in London.
significant number of people with learning disabilities have epilepsy,
yet there is a severe lack of accessible information about the
condition. They are also more likely to have greater health needs than
the majority of the population, but are less likely to seek help and
The film, presented by Dr Chris Steele, resident doctor on ITV's ‘This Morning' programme , is aimed at people with moderate learning disabilities, their families and carers.
The film uses actors from the Mind the Gap theatre group
who have learning disabilities themselves. Featuring a series of short
dramatised scenes to illustrate some of the daily issues faced by
people with learning disabilities who have epilepsy, it helps viewers
to understand the problems presented and encourages them to manage
their own epilepsy.
variety of locations are used to introduce the audience to the
different environments and health professionals they may meet. The
information is explained in clear and concise terms, and broken down
into individual modules to allow the viewer to work at their own pace.
An interactive quiz is included at the end, reinforcing the key
messages and testing the user's understanding.