EPILEPSY Scotland and I Am Me Scotland have created a training resource for primary schools across Scotland – to educate pupils about the serious consequences of hate crime.
Epilepsy Scotland has produced a film and accompanying book, commissioned by the Lord Advocate that will be rolled out to Primary 6 children across Scotland. It tackles the issue of bullying and hate crime, using epilepsy as an example.
The project, launched at a red carpet screening in Paisley on 4 March, includes materials for children in all primary school classes.
Chief executive, Lesslie Young says: “It has been our great pleasure to work in partnership with I Am Me Scotland to produce the Happiness Heroes film and accompanying book for their primary schools programme.
“It has been a great opportunity to highlight the stigma that still affects some people as a result of a hidden disability such as epilepsy.
“The story of a little boy and the bullying he has endured from children at his school is, sadly, still a real experience for many people with epilepsy of all ages.
“As a third party reporting centre ourselves, we wholeheartedly support the work of COPFS and Police Scotland to raise awareness of hate crime – in all its guises.
“As an organisation, we firmly believe that education is key to challenging the stigma and discrimination still associated with the condition.
“By reaching children at a young age, we can make a lasting difference to attitudes in the future. We hope that children across Scotland will question this behaviour before it ever goes as far as becoming a hate crime.”
Notes to editor:
1. A copy of the book and a link to the film is available by contacting Pamela Spence on email@example.com
2. Epilepsy Scotland works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma. This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people. We represent the estimated 54,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information. People can email (firstname.lastname@example.org), text 07786 209501, find us on facebook, use twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit: www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk
3. For more details please contact: Allana Parker, public affairs officer on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.
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