School, college or university
If you are at school, college or university and you have epilepsy, a law called the Equality Act 2010 aims to make sure you are treated fairly by everyone involved in your education. This includes lessons, trips out, practical subjects and exams.
The charity Disability Rights UK has more information about the Equality Act 2010. Call their Disabled Student Helpline on 0330 995 0414.
Telling others and getting support if you need it
Wherever you are studying it might be useful for other people to know about your epilepsy. This means they can help you if you have a seizure at school or college. But you may want to choose who you tell about your epilepsy. The important thing is to find a balance that you are happy with.
For some people having epilepsy won’t affect how well they get on at school, college or university. However, it may be worth thinking about the following:
- If you take anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) and they make you feel sleepy or tired, it may be more difficult to concentrate or learn new information.
- After a seizure you might feel confused or tired so it’s important that you have time to fully recover. Your teacher or lecturer might go back over key information for you if you ask them. Or a friend might be able to explain what you missed.
- Schools, colleges and universities are required to give you some support if you need it. If your epilepsy affects your school or college work, talking to a teacher or to the college about ways they can support you may be helpful.
This information was reviewed by Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn, Consultant Neurologist, Epilepsy Society. Epilepsy Society is also grateful to the young people who helped develop this information.
Information updated: June 2021
Information for young people about epilepsy including how it may affect your life, education, relationships, driving or worklife.
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