Cynthia Leino-Handford, RN, Education & Advocacy Specialist

Phone: (248) 351-7979 ext. 1234
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Cynthia Leino-Handford is the Educational Specialist for the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan and has been with the Foundation since 1998. As an RN, she is responsible for most of the education, counseling and advocacy of clients who contact the Foundation.

She conducts educational in-services, is Michigan’s representative for National’s Kids Speak Up conference, and is a Camp Discovery nurse. She is a graduate of Henry Ford Hospital’s School of Nursing and worked as a visiting Nurse for many years prior to joining the Foundation.

Cindy and her husband, Mark, reside in Canton and are very proud of their son Donald, who currently resides in British Columbia studying to be a medic in the Canadian Military

“I love being an advocate for a person with epilepsy and their family members. This includes educating them and the public about discrimination as well as ADA rights in employment, educational and civil issues. I also like teaching clients to not let the diagnosis of a seizure disorder or epilepsy affect their own self-esteem and encompass their entire being. I think most of all, I love my job because I can just be there as a compassionate ear for those troubled people or family members, when society or a business doesn’t understand epilepsy and is unintentionally cruel or discriminating to those affected.”