Neurological Conditions

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Neurological conditions as “diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system”. These conditions include, and are not limited to, spinal cord injuries, head injuries/traumatic brain injuries, migraines, headache disorders, brain tumors, epilepsy or seizure disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.


Seizure disorders- FAQs:

What is a seizure disorder?

A seizure disorder is a central nervous system disorder in which the nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed. Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Seizure disorders are generally controlled by medication. Symptoms of a seizure can vary and may include temporary confusion, unresponsiveness and staring, strange smell, sound, feeling, taste, or visual images, sudden tiredness or dizziness, stiffening of the body, breathing problems, uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs, and/or loss of consciousness.

How will I know if a student in my class has a seizure disorder?

The CSD engages in an interactive process and meet with students on an individualized, case-by-case basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations. In collaboration with the student, the CSD will generate an accommodation letter that indicates the student has a documented seizure disorder as well as any approved accommodations.

What do I do if a student has a seizure during class?

Faculty members are strongly encouraged to call 911 in the event a student has a seizure in class. The CSD communicates with the UConn Department of Public Safety regarding students with seizure disorders.  Emergency medical personnel are trained to respond and can determine whether the student requires transport to a medical facility.

After calling 911:
  • Keep calm, let the seizure take its course and do not try and stop it
  • If possible, put something soft under the student’s head
  • Instruct other students to move to the hallway
  • Protect the student from further injury if possible- move away any desks, chairs, or other objects that could cause harm
  • Do not force anything in the student’s mouth- this may cause injuries
  • Roll the student on their side as soon as it is possible- this allows for saliva or other fluids to drain away helping to keep the airway clear
  • Try to monitor what the student is doing so that you can describe the seizure to the emergency medical personnel. This may include:
    • What kind of body movement occurred?
    • How long did the seizure last?
    • Any there any injuries from the seizure?

Web Resources

The websites listed are for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CSD.

  • The Epilepsy Foundation
    The Epilepsy Foundation is a family-led, community-based organization with nearly 50 local organizations across the country. Their network offers programs and services for people impacted by seizures and their family, friends, and local community.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is an Institute within the National Institutes of Health that aims to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.
  • NINDS Diseases From A-Z
    NINDS Disorders is an index of neurological conditions provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This valuable tool offers detailed descriptions, facts on treatment and prognosis, and patient organization contact information for over 500 identified neurological disorders.