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Livvy

I am me, not my Autism

Livvy was diagnosed with Autism just after her 18th birthday. In her blog she discusses how she always 'felt different' and calls for greater understanding towards autism.

Survey – Young people’s experiences of epilepsy care

We’re asking young people to tell us how their experience of epilepsy care has changed as they’ve gotten older. The survey will help us understand what information or support young people might like to receive, as well as how healthcare for young people with epilepsy can be improved.

National epilepsy report features St Piers pupil

Young Epilepsy is really pleased that Jake, one of our students from St Piers School, is featured on the front cover of the recent Epilepsy12 report (published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health). The report charts children's first year of epilepsy care across the country, as well as the epilepsy services provided in different areas. Young Epilepsy works closely with RCPCH, as part of the Epilepsy12 project board.

Children missing out on vital epilepsy care - new report finds

A new report charting children’s first year of epilepsy care shows families facing delays and barriers to diagnosis and treatment. The latest Epilepsy12 report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) highlights the experiences of children across England and Wales in 2018-19.

Young Epilepsy & Epilepsy Research UK Collaboration

Applications opened last week for the first-ever Epilepsy Research UK Young Epilepsy Fellowship Award. This unique and potentially life-saving collaboration aims to improve epilepsy treatment for young people by addressing the causes, diagnosis and clinical management of childhood epilepsies.

Women still unaware of risks of valproate use in pregnancy - Charity survey finds

One in ten (11%) women who are currently taking the epilepsy medicine valproate are unaware of the possible risk of birth defects if taken in pregnancy. Furthermore, one in five (18%) don’t know that, when taken in pregnancy, the medicine could also cause learning and developmental delays in children. These worrying figures come from a newly published survey by the charities Young Epilepsy, Epilepsy Action and Epilepsy Society.

National Epilepsy Week 2020!

This year’s theme was ‘More Than Seizures’ and we know that epilepsy is more than just a seizure, it can affect young people in so many other ways, so we joined with other epilepsy charities across the UK to raise awareness of these challenges.