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Epilepsy is a general term used for a group of disorders that cause disturbances in electrical signaling in the brain. An epileptic seizure occurs when these energy pulses come much more rapidly due to an electrical abnormality in the brain. This brief electrical surge can happen in just a small area of the brain, or it can affect the whole brain. Depending on the part of the brain that is affected, the surge of electrical energy can cause changes in a person's sensations or state of consciousnes, and uncontrolled movements of certain parts of the body or of the whole body. These changes are known as an epileptic seizure. Epileptic seizures vary in severity and frequency. A seizure is a symptom of epilepsy, but not all seizures are caused by epilepsy.


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Services and Programs

  • Family Outreach Center
    Disability-specific programs associated with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and other organizations at Vanderbilt provide a broad range of treatment, research, technical assistance, education, and outreach services.
  • Tennessee Disability Pathfinder - An internet community and statewide helpline
    Phone, web, and print resources in English and Spanish to connect the Tennessee disability community with service providers. Referral services, free of cost, are provided to persons with disabilities, family members, service providers, and advocates.
  • Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability
    Families, friends and service providers share their stories about people living with disability in Tennessee.
  • Kevin C, Ess Research Laboratory
    The Kevin C, Ess Research Laboratory studies the neurobiology of progenitor cells, specifically the mechanisms by which neural progenitors make cell fate decisions during development.