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Voice Epilepsy Episode 26: Driving and Epilepsy

Voice Epilepsy Episode 26: Driving and Epilepsy

August 18, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, BC Epilepsy Society staff members, Sonia Ali and Christine Jamieson discuss driving and epilepsy, including how a person living with epilepsy can obtain their driver’s license in the province of British Columbia, as well as some transportation tips for people living with epilepsy who may be unable to obtain their driver’s license.

For more information on the topics covered in this podcast, please check out an Information Sheet on driving and epilepsy from the BC Epilepsy Society website at https://bcepilepsy.com/files/Driving.pdf.

Voice Epilepsy Episode 25: Discussion on the Seizing Hope Documentary with Dr. Judy Illes from Neuroethics Canada

Voice Epilepsy Episode 25: Discussion on the Seizing Hope Documentary with Dr. Judy Illes from Neuroethics Canada

August 11, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, BC Epilepsy Society Executive Director, Deirdre Syms, is joined by Dr. Judy Illes to discuss Seizing Hope - High Tech Journeys in Pediatric Epilepsy, a mini-documentary by Neuroethics Canada.

Seizing Hope is a mini-documentary that aims to ask the question “Can new technology bring hope to children who have drug-resistant epilepsy?” and documents the stories of four Canadian families in their journey to learn, understand, and explore the ethical trade-offs and decision-making values around modern technology for the brain.

These families guide viewers through their journey towards hope, trust, and empowerment in times of darkness for a better quality of life for their children who have drug-resistant epilepsy.

For more information on Seizing Hope, please visit https://www.seizinghopefilm.com/.

About our Guest: Dr. Illes is Professor of Neurology, Distinguished University Scholar, and UBC Distinguished Professor in Neuroethics. She is the Director of Neuroethics Canada, and faculty in the Centre for Brain Health and at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. In addition to her primary appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, Dr. Illes holds associate appointments in Population and Public Health and in Journalism at UBC, and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA. She is the Vice Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Advisory Board of the Institute on Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, Director-at-Large of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and co-Lead of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy (www.canadianbrain.ca). She served as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics of CIHR from 2013-2021. Dr. Illes held the Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics from 2007-2021. She received her PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and in Neuropsychology at Stanford University, and is a pioneer of the field of neuroethics formally established in early 2000. Dr. Illes received the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest awards for citizens, in 2017. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada (Division of Life Sciences), and the American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS, Division of Neuroscience) in 2012.  She is also an elected member of the International Women’s Forum, an organization of more than 7000 women leaders around the world. Her latest books, a series on Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics, feature pain, global mental health, do-it-yourself brain devices, and neuro-law. She writes frequently for the Vancouver Sun and Canada’s The Conversation Canada, and hosts community outreach about challenging ethical problems involving biomedicine and the brain throughout BC and across the country.

For more information on Neuroethics Canada, please visit http://www.neuroethicscanada.ca. You can also view infographics on epilepsy created by Neuroethics Canada at https://neuroethics.med.ubc.ca/res/nih-epilepsy-resources/.

Voice Epilepsy Episode 24: Interview with Niomi Ndirangu, Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen 2022

Voice Epilepsy Episode 24: Interview with Niomi Ndirangu, Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen 2022

July 28, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, BC Epilepsy Society Executive Director, Deirdre Syms is joined by Niomi Ndirangu, who is the 2022 winner of the Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen pageant and is a person living with epilepsy.

Listen to this podcast to hear Niomi discuss her win and how she made history as the first African American Miss Kansas’ Outstanding Teen, her dreams of one day performing on Broadway and how she uses her platform to raise awareness of epilepsy and teach seizure first aid to the community.

Niomi also talks about her “Train Up To Step Up” initiative where she helps educate members of the Kansas community about seizure first aid in the hopes that more people will learn how to help someone having a seizure.

You can follow Niomi on the following social media platforms:

Voice Epilepsy Episode 23: Information on the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Voice Epilepsy Episode 23: Information on the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

July 14, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, Sharareh Saremi, an Advocate at Disability Alliance BC, joins us to discuss the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

If you would like to learn more about the provincial and federal disability benefits available to people living with epilepsy in BC, visit the Disability Alliance BC website at www.disabilityalliancebc.org. You can also contact the Advocacy Access department at Disability Alliance BC for assistance in applying for disability benefits via telephone at 604-872-1278, Toll-Free at 1-800-663-1278 or via email at advocacy@disabilityalliancebc.org.

Please note that this podcast features the audio from a webinar presented by the BC Epilepsy Society. To view the video version of this webinar with full PowerPoint slides, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYaD1pTg6R0.

Voice Epilepsy Episode 22: Information on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

Voice Epilepsy Episode 22: Information on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

July 7, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, Sharareh Saremi, an Advocate at Disability Alliance BC, joins us to discuss the Disability Tax Credit (DTC).

If you would like to learn more about the provincial and federal disability benefits available to people living with epilepsy in BC, visit the Disability Alliance BC website at www.disabilityalliancebc.org. You can also contact the Advocacy Access department at Disability Alliance BC for assistance in applying for disability benefits via telephone at 604-872-1278, Toll-Free at 1-800-663-1278 or via email at advocacy@disabilityalliancebc.org.

Please note that this podcast features the audio from a webinar presented by the BC Epilepsy Society. To view the video version of this webinar with full PowerPoint slides, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYaD1pTg6R0.

Voice Epilepsy Episode 21: Information on Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) Benefits

Voice Epilepsy Episode 21: Information on Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) Benefits

June 30, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, Sharareh Saremi, an Advocate at Disability Alliance BC, joins us to discuss Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D).

If you would like to learn more about the provincial and federal disability benefits available to people living with epilepsy in BC, visit the Disability Alliance BC website at www.disabilityalliancebc.org. You can also contact the Advocacy Access department at Disability Alliance BC for assistance in applying for disability benefits via telephone at 604-872-1278, Toll-Free at 1-800-663-1278 or via email at advocacy@disabilityalliancebc.org.

Please note that this podcast features the audio from a webinar presented by the BC Epilepsy Society. To view the video version of this webinar with full PowerPoint slides, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYaD1pTg6R0.

Voice Epilepsy Episode 20: Information on the Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Designation

Voice Epilepsy Episode 20: Information on the Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Designation

June 16, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, Sharareh Saremi, an Advocate at Disability Alliance BC, joins us to discuss the Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Designation.

If you would like to learn more about the provincial and federal disability benefits available to people living with epilepsy in BC, visit the Disability Alliance BC website at www.disabilityalliancebc.org. You can also contact the Advocacy Access department at Disability Alliance BC for assistance in applying for disability benefits via telephone at 604-872-1278, Toll-Free at 1-800-663-1278 or via email at advocacy@disabilityalliancebc.org.

Please note that this podcast features the audio from a webinar presented by the BC Epilepsy Society. To view the video version of this webinar with full PowerPoint slides, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYaD1pTg6R0.

Voice Epilepsy Episode 19: UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program Seeks BC Epilepsy Patient Participation

Voice Epilepsy Episode 19: UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program Seeks BC Epilepsy Patient Participation

June 9, 2022

In this episode of the Voice Epilepsy™ podcast, BC Epilepsy Society Executive Director, Deirdre Syms is joined by the Director of the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program, Dr. Angela Towle, PhD, and long-standing Health Mentor, Lelainia Lloyd to discuss the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program.

The UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program will be running during the 2022-2023 school year from September 2022 to May 2023 and is looking to recruit 3-4 people living with epilepsy in BC to take part in the program.

Listen to this podcast to learn about this unique educational program in which teams of students from different health disciplines and human service programs learn together from/with adults with a chronic condition/disability and/or caregivers who provide long-term care to a loved one with a chronic condition/disability.

If you live in BC and have epilepsy or you care for someone who has epilepsy and you would like to share your expertise with students, please apply at https://meetingofexperts.org/programs-activities/health-mentors-program/. Applications will be reviewed from June 2022 onwards for recruitment in September 2022.

Voice Epilepsy Episode 18: Adult Epilepsy Surgery

Voice Epilepsy Episode 18: Adult Epilepsy Surgery

June 2, 2022

For some adults living with epilepsy, epilepsy surgery may be a potential option for seizure control.

Our podcast on adult epilepsy surgery, entitled “An Overview of Adult Epilepsy Surgery” features the expertise of Dr. Chantelle Hrazdil, MD, FRCPC, who is a pediatric epileptologist at Vancouver General Hospital.

Listen to this podcast to learn about the indications for epilepsy surgery, the process for epilepsy surgery evaluation, the different types of epilepsy surgery, and epilepsy surgery outcomes.

Please note that this podcast features the audio from a webinar presented by the BC Epilepsy Society. To view the video version of this webinar with full PowerPoint slides, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-4KlZebOQ

Voice Epilepsy Episode 17: Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

Voice Epilepsy Episode 17: Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

May 26, 2022

For some children and youth living with epilepsy, epilepsy surgery may be a potential option for seizure control.

Our podcast on pediatric epilepsy surgery, entitled “Epilepsy Surgery in Children and Youth: The Benefits of Early Surgery”, features the expertise of Dr. Mary Connolly, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCP(C), FRCP(I), FRCP(Edin) who is a pediatric epileptologist at BC Children’s Hospital.

Listen to this podcast to learn more about the types of epilepsy surgery performed in the pediatric population; the evaluation for epilepsy surgery; and the evidence that early surgery is associated with improved outcomes.

Please note that this podcast features the audio from a webinar presented by the BC Epilepsy Society. To view the video version of this webinar with full PowerPoint slides, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-r9kGdws0o

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