HELPING YOUR CHILD COPE WITH EPILEPSY: IS YOUR CHILD DISABLED OR HANDICAPPED?

No, there is life with and after epilepsy. Let’s talk about the important things in your child’s life—about all the times when he is not having seizures.
Society glibly says that everybody should be able to do what he wants if he tries hard enough. Clearly this is foolishness! Some people are too short to be basketball players. Others are too tall to be jockeys. Some people are not beautiful enough to be movie stars. Some wear glasses and can’t, therefore, be astronauts. In this global sense all of us are handicapped. However, we should all have the opportunity to achieve our full potential, whatever that may be. Neither society, nor parents, nor our own attitudes should be allowed to interfere with this.
Is epilepsy a “handicap”? For some it clearly is. For most, it need not be. The child whose seizures are now well controlled with medicine need not be handicapped. He can achieve his full potential, even if there will be some limitations in his choices. Crucial for your child’s future is that you not impose unreasonable limitations on his activities or aspirations, nor allow others to do so.
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HELPING YOUR CHILD COPE WITH EPILEPSY: IS YOUR CHILD DISABLED OR HANDICAPPED?No, there is life with and after epilepsy. Let’s talk about the important things in your child’s life—about all the times when he is not having seizures.Society glibly says that everybody should be able to do what he wants if he tries hard enough. Clearly this is foolishness! Some people are too short to be basketball players. Others are too tall to be jockeys. Some people are not beautiful enough to be movie stars. Some wear glasses and can’t, therefore, be astronauts. In this global sense all of us are handicapped. However, we should all have the opportunity to achieve our full potential, whatever that may be. Neither society, nor parents, nor our own attitudes should be allowed to interfere with this.Is epilepsy a “handicap”? For some it clearly is. For most, it need not be. The child whose seizures are now well controlled with medicine need not be handicapped. He can achieve his full potential, even if there will be some limitations in his choices. Crucial for your child’s future is that you not impose unreasonable limitations on his activities or aspirations, nor allow others to do so.*186\208\8*

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