Support and Networking Groups

Having epilepsy or caring for someone who does can be challenging. When epilepsy is diagnosed, it affects the whole family. Sometimes the practical problems of daily living – from insurance, to jobs, to medical care – may seem overwhelming. At other times, it helps just to talk to people who understand what its like to live with epilepsy.

Community Action Network (C.A.N.) Program (Community Volunteer Program)

The CAN Volunteer program provides opportunities for people with epilepsy, their family members and friends to support the programs and services offered by Epilepsy Foundation Northwest. The purpose of the Community Action Network (CAN) is to support and expand the reach of EFNW.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) is an advocacy program designed to promote involvement by people with epilepsy, their families and friends in government and legislative activities.

Camp Discovery

The annual summer camp presented by the Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, Camp Discovery, is held in August each year. Washington is located at Black Diamond Camps in Auburn which is centrally located in the Cascade forest. Camp Discovery – Oregon is at the United Methodist’s Camp Magruder with grounds located between picturesque Pacific Ocean and Smith Lake. Children will experience archery, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, swimming, arts/crafts, campfire games and much more.

Emergency Medication Assistance

The EFNW Emergency Medication Assistance Program provides one-time only emergency assistance for individuals with epilepsy who need anticonvulsant medication only.  The program is designed to allow the person with epilepsy to get enough medication so that they can seek to fulfill the entire prescription by other means.

Employment Assistance Programs

The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest (EFNW) assists people with epilepsy in employment referrals and consultation regarding employment rights. Many community and government agencies better serve people with job placement programs and EFNW can help direct people to those agencies for job placement services.

Community Education & Training

The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest offers Community Education and Training Programs that provide awareness of epilepsy related topics.  In a continuous effort to bring knowledge and education to the community about epilepsy, EFNW staff and volunteers conduct large group Epilepsy 101 and Seizure Response trainings.

Veteran’s Epilepsy Centers

The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest in conjunction with the national Epilepsy Foundation has worked to support the development of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Epilepsy Centers of Excellence. Through federal legislation in 2008, Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE) were established in four regions and sixteen sites around the country to better serve veterans living with epilepsy.