THE Epilepsy Awareness SA non-profit organisation (NPO) focuses on offering talks at schools but they also offer corporate presentations. Although there are many support groups in the North, they are now expanding to the South.
The presentations are centered on employees and employers seeking to educate them on what it is like to live with a disability in a work environment. The support group in the South will work in association with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and welcomes anyone with anxiety, depression, bipolar and epilepsy to attend.
The basic message is for people to understand what epilepsy is. It explains what first aid to administer and what it is like for people living with epilepsy.
Linda Dias Menezes, Epilepsy Awareness SA Co-Founder, spoke to the CHRONICLE and explained some misconceptions and myths surrounding epilepsy:
· Epilepsy is due to a curse on the family and so the person deserves it because either they or a family member did something wrong.
· Epilepsy is a form of ‘possession’.
· During a seizure a person can swallow his or her tongue.
In line with the theme of this year’s National Epilepsy Week – Bringing epilepsy out of the shadows – disability equity solutions company, Progression Transformation Enablers (Progression), is committed to shedding light on epilepsy and encouraging acceptance and understanding among South Africans.
Epilepsy is a common condition that affects the brain and nervous system. It has been estimated that approximately one in every 100 South Africans will suffer from epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. This means that having someone who suffers from epilepsy as one of your employees or colleagues, is a realistic probability and reinforces the importance of growing your knowledge regarding epilepsy and its impact in the workplace.