Epilepsy is a highly misunderstood disorder within our community. The general public, including educators, school nurses, police officers, and business professionals, do not have an understanding of what epilepsy is and how it is best treated.
In the past, people with epilepsy have been labeled as being mentally retarded, possessed by an evil spirit, or both. And, although we have come far in the areas of medicine and social awareness, this neurological disorder still causes fear, stigma and discrimination—barriers that are hard to penetrate.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus is committed to dispelling the myths that surround epilepsy and removing the walls that keep those with the disorder feeling isolated. Education is key, and we offer a variety of programs, designed to help the general public understand what epilepsy is and is not; how to recognize the characteristics of seizure activity; how to respond to and assist a person who is experiencing a seizure by giving appropriate first aid; and the impact seizures have on a person academically, socially and emotionally.
Through this commitment, our agency is continuing to build partnerships with public health care providers, school districts, churches, businesses, and others in our community. We are making progress in our commitment to educate others about epilepsy.