The epilepsy awareness programmeÂ at the DAV school, was the first one conducted by UTTEJAN support group outside the IPH premises. This was on 3rd of may 2013.
Short articles for publicity were given in some newspapers.
DAV schoolÂ isÂ situated at Ghodbunder road Thane. The programme was arranged in their conference room.
Dr. Shubha Thatte, psychologist and trustee of IPH, was the main person responsibleÂ forÂ the training.Â The UTTEJAN core members, Dr. Mrunalini Palshikar (Homeopath & Epilepsy couseller at IPH), Dr. Ashwini Marathe (Paediatrician), Alpa Chande ( Remedial counseller at IPH) & Reema Ramchandran (Teacher), were also present.
A number of volunteers from UTTEJAN supported the cause.
The audience included mostly teachers from DAV school, and a fewÂ Persons With Epilepsy and their parents.
The Purple Day booklets (giving information on Epilepsy) and UTTEJAN handbills (which provided information about Â UTTEJAN group and problems faced by Persons With Epilepsy) were distributed.Â The handbillsÂ were in English and Marathi.
The programme started with a powerpoint presentation, which included facts about epilepsy, such as itâ€™s nature, types, doâ€™s and dontâ€™s, what happens when a person gets a seizure, etc.Â All the points in the presentation were elaborated by Dr. Shuba Thatte so that a layman may understand it.
The presentation was followed by anÂ interactive session. Dr.ThatteÂ & Dr. Ashwini Marathe cleared doubts of the audience.
Lastly, a film was shown, which was a skit presented by Balmohan Vidyamandir (Dadar) students.Â It showed how a student with epilepsy is treated by his co-students.
This programme was for school teachers, so that they may cope better with a student who has epilepsy.