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 parents and professionals can use to help students with epilepsy succeed in school and beyond. In addition, high school students with epilepsy can participate in a Teen Transition Workshop (see below for details) focused on exploring goals and challenges associated with the transition to adulthood.

When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 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
  • Educators
  • Health professionals
  • Care managers
  • Anyone who wants to support students with epilepsy
  • High school students with epilepsy (Teen Transition Workshop)


8:30 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 10:15 am
Epilepsy Self-Management
Louis Dang, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

10:15 – 10:30 am

10:30 – 11:30 am
Optimizing Epilepsy Treatment for School Success and Quality of Life
Danielle Nolan, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Beaumont Children’s

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

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Beyond Seizures: Managing Associated Conditions in the School (panel discussion)
Michelle Figueroa, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Velisa Johnson, PhD – pediatric neuropsychologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Andrea Thomas, MA, LLP – psychologist, Henry Ford Health System
Rubontay Buckner – parent of a child with epilepsy
Russell Derry, MPH – Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (moderator)

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Transition Open Forum
(panel discussion)
Seth DeVries, MD – pediatric epileptologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Carley Dole – young adult with epilepsy
Annmarie Hawkins – disability advocate & parent of young adult with epilepsy
Jason Towler – President, Michigan Transition Services Association; Director, Camp Zip
Russell Derry, MPH – Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan (moderator)

Teen Transition Workshop & Teen Empowerment Initiative

This year, a Teen Transition Workshop is being offered, in conjunction with the Back to School Conference, for high school students with epilepsy whose parents or guardians are attending the Conference. During this workshop, teens will participate in a variety of activities designed to engage them in the process of thinking about and preparing for adulthood (including icebreakers, facilitated discussion, an "Ask the Epileptologist" session, goal setting, problem-solving, and skill-building activities). Participating teens will also have access to services through our Teen Empowerment Initiative. This includes receiving an individualized follow-up consultation a few weeks after the Workshop, free admission to the Wellness & Epilepsy Conference on November 10, and an opportunity to attend a Meet & Greet event in December featuring an interactive session with a career planning expert. SPACE IS LIMITED to 20 participants, so register soon!

If you are a parent or guardian of a high school student with epilepsy, and you would like your teen to attend the Teen Transition Workshop, you must first register yourself for the Back to School Conference (by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button above), and you must attend the conference. Teen participants must be able to engage in discussions and other activities with workshop leaders and fellow teens. Medical staffing is not provided. If a participant has a seizure, appropriate first aid will be provided, and the parent will be contacted immediately. Upon registration, an application form will be emailed or mailed to you. If the form is not completed and returned within two weeks, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan reserves the right to give your teen's slot to another family.

The Workshop is intended for high school students, but younger teens or teens who have just finished high school can be added to a waiting list and may be able to attend if space is available.


You can also register your teen by contacting Pam Bird (800-377-6226 ext. 1204).

Please contact Russ Derry (800-377-6226 ext. 1302) for more information about the Back to School Conference and Teen Transition workshop.

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.