Chosen by the State of Florida Department of Health as the administrative statewide agency, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida provides leadership to Florida's epilepsy service providers ensuring the consistent delivery of programs and services for all Floridians.
Besides providing clinical services, counseling programs to individuals and training for health care and education professionals, the Foundation serves as the lead advocate for the rights and needs of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders at the local, county and state level.
The Foundation provides many valuable services to individuals and their families, regardless of their financial situation, including:
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida provides employment referrals that include outreach, recruitment and education, intake and orientation, pre-employment training through participatory Job Seeking Skills Training Workshops and Job Seeker Training manuals, pre-employment support in a job club format as well as individual assistance, job development and job placement.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida Case Management Program provides individuals with seizure disorders and their family with Plans of Care (PoC) tailored for the specific needs of the client and family. A wide range of services is offered, both within the Foundation and through other, outside community resources.
Information, Referral and Support
The purpose of the Information, Referral and Support Program is threefold: to establish the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida as the focal point for general information on epilepsy as well as the disseminator of information on the supporting services available in the community to individuals with epilepsy and their families; to provide support mechanisms for those individuals, families and friends who must cope with the emotional stresses, social stigmas and family strains that result from having the disorder; and to provide referrals to other social service and health agencies when the resources of the Foundation are not sufficient to meet the needs of the individual or family.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinics provide services for children and adults. This consists of an initial neurological evaluation, follow-up examinations, medical treatment, blood tests, electroencephalograms and other tests, if required, for a consistent program of medical management.
The current program includes: neuropsychological evaluations with standardized instruments of clients' cognitive and emotional functioning, including extent and pattern of brain dysfunction related to seizure disorders; consultation to school personnel and families concerning learning and behavior patterns associated with epilepsy; consultation to staff concerning psychological aspects of clients' experiences and related mental health concerns (this includes interpretation of standardized self-report psychological inventory taken by all clients); and individual and family counseling (short-term, six months or less) to help emotional or relationship difficulties.
Prevention and Education
The Foundation offers comprehensive prevention and education services throughout 15 counties in English, Spanish and Creole languages. Groups that are targeted and provided with appropriate presentations on a regular basis include: Public Schools (personnel and students); professionals including physicians and attorneys; police, emergency medical services personnel, health care professionals, community based organizations with special emphasis on health and social service agencies; and providers, such as day care centers.
Development and Fund-Raising
The Foundation's development and fund-raising programs are equally important, subsidizing important programs and services that would, otherwise, not be offered. The Foundation special events include an annual Let's Talk About It dinner in November and Spring Walks. Other special events take place during the year. The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida also offers opportunities for memberships, donations, planned giving and bequests. See our Special Events Calendar for the latest events.
The Foundation rests on the base of volunteer support. Volunteering on behalf of the Foundation comes in many forms, including serving on the Foundation's Board of Directors or Professional Advisory Board, serving on a fund-raising or special event committee, and/or working with the Foundation's offices (see Become a Volunteer).
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida has a fully staffed resource center located at its offices. Available resources include a wide range of informational brochures on epilepsy/seizure disorders in both English and Spanish. Information videos on epilepsy are also available in English, Spanish and Creole. Periodicals and books, specific to epilepsy, are available for reference.
Each year the Epilepsy Foundation sends children with epilepsy to Camp Boggy Creek.