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About Us

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy (recurring seizures) is a common disorder of the central nervous system. Temporary electrical changes in the brain result in seizures, ranging from momentary staring spells to life-threatening convulsions. Some of the known causes of epilepsy are head injuries, strokes, tumors, birth defects, infections, genetic conditions and chemical changes in the brain, including those induced by drugs and alcohol.

Our Goals

Public Awareness

Increase individual and public understanding about the potential and needs of those with epilepsy regarding education, employment, recreation and housing


Promote prevention and early recognition of epilepsy

Legal Education

Increase awareness of the legal rights of persons with epilepsy

Equal Opportunity

Promote equal opportunity in employment and full participation in life

Our Mission

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County is to lead the fight to overcome challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.

Our Vision

An informed community in which people with epilepsy and seizure disorders enjoy respect, dignity and the opportunity to achieve full potential free from stigma and bias.

The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County works to improve the quality of life for those with seizure disorders.
Our free services include:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Career development
  • Information and referral
  • Individual advocacy
  • A parent network
  • Adult and parent support groups
  • In-service educational seminars
  • A speakers bureau
  • Classroom presentations
  • Scholarships
  • Summer camp for children with epilepsy
  • Expressive Arts Programs

Epilepsy affects people of all ages, races and ethnic groups.

It is the fourth most common neurological disorder.

million people

live with active epilepsy in the U.S.

San Diegans

live with epilepsy.

1 in 26


will be diagnosed with epilepsy.

1 in 10


will experience a seizure.

Our Programs
& Services

Our wide array of programs and services serve people living with epilepsy, families, friends and caregivers.

All of our programs and services are offered at no-cost.