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AUG 2014

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METRO-MAGAZINE.COM A10 BUS OPS AUGUST 2014 • Experiencing stiffness of limbs and/or shaking of limbs — this is also called a convulsion. • Experiencing a change in emotional state. • Picking at and/or fddling with items in a purposeless way. • Using inappropriate language or agitated aggressive be- havior. • Falling. Key Facts to Know Important epilepsy facts for transit operators to know include dispelling the myth that a person can swallow his tongue dur- Signs of Seizures Epilepsy, also called a seizure disorder, is a neurological, med- ical condition. Seizures can be thought of as electrical over- loads in the brain and can take many forms. Some are brief and hardly noticeable, whereas others present as convulsions that can be upsetting to those who see people having them. Some common behaviors that occur during a seizure include: • Staring ahead without response to verbal commands or conversation. • Losing awareness, losing consciousness or becoming con- fused. SAFETY BUS OPS AUGUST 2014 FOR TRANSIT OPERATORS: Facts About Epilepsy and Seizures A pproximately one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives, and as a result, may not be able to drive. Public transportation can be an important resource for people with epilepsy — to help them stay active and connected with their community. Because a passenger may experience a seizure while using public transportation, it is important to know the warning signs of seizures and be prepared to respond appropriately. This is particularly important for public transportation vehicle operators. Easter Seals Project ACTION and the Epilepsy Foundation recently produced a pocket guide, titled "Seizure Disorder Awareness for Transportation Operators & Customers," to offer tips and information about riding transit and seizure safety for transportation operators and customers.

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