Epilepsy Foundation Northwest Programs
Funding supports the following uncompensated programs and services provided to people with epilepsy and their families:
- Seizure Response Training (For schools, first responders, employers and more)
- Public Education Programs (Conferences and seminars about epilepsy)
- Teen, Adult, Parent Support Groups (Support groups for people and families)
- Camp Discovery (The annual youth summer camp) -H.O.P.E. Mentoring Program (Volunteer advocacy and mentor training)
- Y.E.A.! Program (Youth Epilepsy Advocates program for teens) -Speak Up Speak Out Program (Youth, adults, families speak about epilepsy)
- Emergency Medication Assistance (For the uninsured, homeless and needy)-Employment Assistance Programs (Working to support employment transition)
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2010, EFNW added Alaska into our service territory as Alaska was unaffiliated with the national Epilepsy Foundation. By doing so we added a whole state population of people with epilepsy not being served as they deserve.
EFNW has begun rural outreach programs to better serve people with epilepsy not located in heavily populated areas that traditionally host medical institutions with epilepsy centers and clinics.
In 2010, EFNW also completed a three year outreach program to the Hispanic communities in southeast Washington and Skagit County that help to bring awareness and education to the community about epilepsy.
Our YEA! Youth Epilepsy Advocate program took off in 2010 to provide self-esteem and leadership oppportunities for teens with epilepsy. A Youth Summit was held and leaders were sent to the national Kids Speak Up Conference.
Currently, our organization is need of support to help us expand our programs to rural areas in the northwest that are currently underserved by epilepsy support and social services.