– Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) had introduced legislation to assist students with epilepsy.
Quinn drafted the legislation after meeting with the family of Dominic Rosini. Rosini is a 5-year-old who suffers from epilepsy and lives within Quinn’s district.
“The DOMinate Epilepsy bill will ensure that schools are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help students who suffer from epilepsy,” Quinn said. “Students who suffer from seizures can often feel ostracized, but that problem can be exacerbated if proper medical care is not readily available. Every student deserves to feel safe in school and this bill would allow these students, and their parents, a greater peace of mind.”
House Bill 1820
would require all school nurses complete a Department of Health (DOH) course that includes information pertaining to epilepsy regarding recognition of a seizure, preforming first aid and producing an action plan. Additional school professionals would complete a course regarding awareness of a student with epilepsy and seizure recognition along with first aid.
A national nonprofit organization with a comprehensive understanding of epilepsy would offer the DOH approved course to schools.
“After meeting with this local family, I saw the stress that was caused from not knowing if their son’s medical condition would be properly handled during the majority of his day,” Quinn said. “We all deserve to send our kids to school with faith and trust in those who are responsible for them. This bill will go a long way in ensuring that for families that struggle with epilepsy.”
Representative Chris Quinn
168th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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