Awareness Programs

The Matty Fund® is committed to raising epilepsy awareness to encourage a happy, safe and inclusive environment for children living with epilepsy. Programs have been designed to encourage a welcoming and safe school environment for children of all ages.

Matty Hatty Pre-School and Elementary School Educational Program

Debra and Richard Siravo wrote and published a children’s book, “My Friend Matty – A Story About Living with Epilepsy”, an uplifting story about a proud, young boy who shares his medical condition with friends, classmates and his teacher. This book is the focus of the Matty Fund’s® epilepsy awareness program called ‘Matty Hatty” delivered at elementary schools throughout Rhode Island.

The Matty Hatty Dance-A-Thon is an epilepsy awareness program created by the Matty Fund for elementary and preschools. The goal of Matty Hatty is to eliminate the social stigma associated with this disease and teach seizure protocols to children at an early age.

Click Here to view/print the Matty Hatty Elementary School Forms

Click Here to view/print the Matty Hatty Pre-School Forms

Contact The Matty Fund® if you would like more information about bringing this epilepsy awareness/educational program to your child’s school!

Matty’s Middle School Walks for Epilepsy Awareness

“Realizing and understanding that we are all unique and special in our own way, as opposed to different, helps make our community a better place to live in” …Dave Pope, Physical Ed. Dept. and coordinator of the Curtis Corner Middle School’s Matty’s Walk for Epilepsy.

Click Here for more information about holding a Matty’s Middle School Walk at your school

Epilepsy Awareness at the University of Rhode Island

Each year the URI College of Business and the Feinstein Center for Service Learning helps the Matty Fund to coordinate a campus wide Epilepsy Awareness Program on the University’s Kingston Campus.

Annual Matthew Siravo Memorial Lectureship

Since 2005, the Matty Fund®, in conjunction with Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown University Medical School present the annual Matthew Siravo Memorial Visiting Professor Lecture in Child Neurology. Guest lecturers from around the country speak to members of the Rhode Island medical community on a variety of topics related to research and advances in Child Neurology. Speakers are sought out to bring a unique topic and humanistic perspective to those specializing in the field of Child Neurology.