Disney and the Epilepsy Foundation Partner to Share ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Photosensitivity Warning

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Disney and the Epilepsy Foundation Partner to Share 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Photosensitivity Warning

Disney and the Epilepsy Foundation Partner to Share ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘ Photosensitivity Warning. In an unprecedented manner, Disney and Lucasfilm have partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation to ensure safe viewing for audience members who may have photosensitivity epilepsy.

“The Walt Disney Studios and the Epilepsy Foundation are working together to advise photosensitive viewers to use caution when watching “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The film contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.”

Disney and the Epilepsy Foundation Partner to Share 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Photosensitivity Warning


The Epilepsy Foundation shares this message with viewers who may be in the audience for the highly anticipated Star Wars finale, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:

“We thank Disney for reaching out to us and proactively providing information to movie theatres and moviegoers in advance of the movie’s release. If you or someone you know are sensitive to lights, please consider the following as you make plans to watch the movie:

  • Ask a friend to watch the movie first.
  • Take your friend with you when you go see the film to alert you to which scenes contain the flashing lights so you block your eyes during those scenes.
  • Teach your friend the three simple steps of seizure first aid — Stay, Safe, Side — so that they can assist if you have a seizure.

For about 3% of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or certain visual patterns can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy and it’s more common in children and adolescents.

To learn more about photosensitive epilepsy, including what you can do if flashing lights bother you, please visit www.epilepsy.com/photosensitivity.”

Its heartwarming to see Disney take a minority of audience members into consideration with this warning to ensure the safety of their viewers who may have photosensitivity.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation’s website, “With a network of nearly 50 partners throughout the United States, the Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY®. The Foundation connects people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions.”

Disney and the Epilepsy Foundation Partner to Share 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Photosensitivity Warning

For those who may not know, the finale of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be the ending of a story that spans generations and touches fans all around the world.

“The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.”

The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters December 20, 2019. Tickets are now available for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker where tickets are sold. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Star Wars!

Featured Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm


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