Mission Statement: The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome challenges created by epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia (EFGA) is the only health agency in Georgia dedicated to serving the nearly 150,000 Georgians who have epilepsy/seizure disorders statewide. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families through community education activities for all age levels and comprehensive set of client service programs. The foundation also reaches out to the community at large to reduce the stigma that is often attached to epilepsy and educate the public on seizure recognition/first aid. EFGA provides the following programs and services:
• Educational Programs
EFGA provides free educational in-services on seizure recognition/first aid at schools, daycare centers, developmental disability facilities, senior centers and in the workplace.
• Support Groups
Living with a chronic condition is easier when you can share with others who are in a similar situation. The EFGA has 3 support groups meeting on a monthly basis throughout the state. We also offer online e-communities for those with transportation issues
• Information and Referrals
Understanding epilepsy can help to reduce fear and anxiety. We have a wide variety of materials on topics concerning epilepsy including types of epilepsy, treatment options, educational/legal rights and information for caregivers. We can also provide referrals to epilepsy specialists or other agencies that might provide a service not covered by EFGA.
• Emergency Medication Fund
Often people with epilepsy have no insurance coverage and limited financial resources. The EFGA has an emergency medication fund which will provide a one month supply of the seizure control medications per patient per calendar year. Patients are then provided with assistance in enrolling in one of the drug company sponsored medication assistance programs.
All children should have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of summer camp. EFGA offers camps which are staffed with counselors trained in seizure recognition/first aid, and also a full-time medical staff. We also provide camp scholarships for children whose families have limited financial resources.
Often times people with epilepsy face barriers in the workplace, in educational institutions and in the legal arena. EFGA works to advise its clients of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws. We also advocate for increased funding of epilepsy research through the National Institutes of Health.