8/26 Autism and Epilepsy

Beth Blakeley, Director of Education
Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana

Seizures are a significant concern and are relatively common in individuals with ASD. In fact, seizures are the most prevalent neurological disorder associated with ASD. While 1-2% of children in the general population develop epilepsy, the prevalence of epilepsy in ASD is much higher, with estimates varying widely from 5% to 38%.

Beth Blakeley, M.S., joined the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana on May 21, 2007 as the Director of Education and Community Services. Beth received her Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Louisville, then worked at the Louisville Science Center as the Life Sciences Coordinator for five years writing and presenting science curriculum to students (K – 12) and teachers. Since 2007, she has provided all educational programs at the EFKY, training hundreds of individuals each year in seizure awareness and response through the Managing Students with Seizures: A Training for School Nurses, Seizure Training for School Personnel, Seizures and You: Take Charge of the Facts, First Responders: Epilepsy and Seizure Awareness for Law Enforcement Training, First Responders: EMS Personnel Training, Signature Employment Program, Building Successful Veteran Outreach Partnerships Program and Seizure Training for Senior Adult Day Program Workers, and Seizure Training for Childcare Personnel.