Disability in Association with Epilepsy

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Epilepsy itself is not an intellectual disability. Epilepsy, however, is more common in people who live with an intellectual disability. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people with intellectual disability have epilepsy and seizures are often resistant to medication in this group.

Read our factsheet for more about Living with Epilepsy and Disability.

Epilepsy can be present in children with a number of different disabilities and syndromes. Sometimes these disabilities also include physical challenges, such as in cerebral palsy, or significant cognitive challenges meaning the child may require a supported setting for school.

Click here for our factsheet about disabilities and syndromes which often include epilepsy.

This resource does not include information for children in supported learning environments; however EAA is able to assist in finding appropriate support services for these children if required.

Contact Epilepsy Action Australia if you would like further information or links for support groups for your child’s diagnosis.