Advocacy
Advocacy

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan is committed to protecting the rights of people with epilepsy and ensuring that they have access to needed services. We do this both on an individual basis and on a larger scale.

1 in 26 American will have epilepsy over the course of their lifetime.  Nearly three million children and adults in the United States have epilepsy.  Epilepsy is defined as an enduring predisposition to seizures after having at least one seizure and can develop at any stage of life.  Children and the elderly are particularly affected.  At least 100,000 people in Michigan suffer from a seizure disorder.  About 30 percent, or 30,000, are children.

Epilepsy can result from a variety of causes including head trauma, brain tumor, stroke, infection, neurodegenerative disorders -- including Alzheimer's disease, genetic predisposition, and poisoning.  Often no cause is identified.  The affects of epilepsy vary widely from individual to individual and often create medical, economic, and social hardship.  Epilepsy and seizures can affect anyone from any age, ethnic background, or gender -- everyone is at risk of developing seizures or epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, founded in 1948, is a separately incorporated affiliate of the national Epilepsy Foundation.  Our role in the fight against epilepsy is an important one, and as such, we maintain a blueprint to success to help us maintain course.

Individual Advocacy – If you believe your rights have been violated or you have a conflict regarding employment, school, healthcare, public benefits, or any other area, we can help. Our staff will intervene to resolve conflicts when possible and refer you to legal resources when necessary.

Public Policy Advocacy – Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan advocates for public policies that protect the rights of people with epilepsy and support them in achieving their goals. We also empower citizens to become more involved in the legislative process. Our public policy agenda includes maintaining the motorcycle helmet law, increasing access to specialty care, promoting mental health parity, and much more.