Back to School Conference: Helping Students with Epilepsy Succeed

Please join us as we get ready for the school year with this FREE conference. Presenters and panelists with diverse perspectives will discuss tips and strategies to help students with epilepsy succeed in school, in the healthcare system, and beyond. 

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Where: The VisTaTech Center @ Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152; Room 210 A-C   MAP

If you'd like to come the night before, there are many lodging options in the area. 

Who should attend:

  • Parents of children with epilepsy (K-12)*
  • Educators
  • Health Professionals
  • Care Managers
  • Anyone who wants to support students with epilepsy

*The conference may also be suitable for older teens with epilepsy (i.e. high school students) who are taking a more active role in managing their condition, advocating for themselves, and planning for the future; however, the conference is not specifically designed to hold the interest or attention of a typical teenager. Any attendee under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you're unsure as to whether your teen will benefit from attending, please contact us to discuss. 


8:30 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 10:15 am
Diagnosis & Treatment of Childhood Epilepsy
Alexandra Shaw, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Beaumont Children’s

10:15 – 10:30 am

10:30 – 11:30 am
Managing Medical Needs in the School (panel discussion)
• Rajkumar Agarwal, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
• Cindy Handford, RN – Education & Advocacy Specialist, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
• Terri Czerwinski, MSN, RN – Health Consultant, Wayne RESA
• Russell Derry, MPH – Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (moderator)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch & Networking Time

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Advocating for Your Child in the School and the Healthcare System (panel discussion)
• Angela DeBastos PhD, LP - pediatric neuropsychologist, Beaumont Children's
• Tricia Luker – Advocate, Respect ABILITY Law Center
• Cindy Handford, RN – Education & Advocacy Specialist, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan
• Russell Derry, MPH – Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (moderator)

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Transition Planning for Teens with Epilepsy (panel discussion)
• Jules Constantinou, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Henry Ford Health System
• John Rose – Teacher Consultant, Washtenaw Intermediate School District
• Michelle Brunsch, parent of young adult with epilepsy
• Olivia Moses – young adult with epilepsy
• Russell Derry, MPH – Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (moderator)

 - please contact Pam Bird (800-377-6226 ext. 1204) if you'd like to be added to a waiting list; those on the waiting list will be informed if a slot opens up


This project is supported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H98MC26257, Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author/event sponsor and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.