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Living with epilepsy can have its challenges. Some people with epilepsy hide their disorder, which can lead to feelings of isolation, helplessness and even depression. Adults with epilepsy oftentimes experience changes in their quality of life, such as mobility, relationships, employment, and social interactions. Children and teens with epilepsy find themselves feeling isolated and misunderstood; they may lose friends, may not be invited to birthday parties, or may be ostracized or even teased or bullied at school.

Epilepsy affects everyone. Everywhere. Period. Thanks to YOU, we have upped our game to better serve YOU.

The Epilepsy Foundation provides programs and education to make a safer place for YOU. The Epilepsy Foundation raises awareness and funds to provide help and serve YOU. The Epilepsy Foundation advocates for new laws to address issues that affect YOU. The Epilepsy Foundation invests in research and innovation to bring new therapies and technology to YOU faster than ever.  Let’s take action together and make November the loudest and purple-est National Epilepsy Awareness Month ever for YOU! This November, be everywhere. Educate everyone.

Get involved and help spread awareness:

Join us at our Upcoming Events

Take Action for Everyone Affected by Epilepsy

Share your action with your friends, family and followers to help them better understand epilepsy and inspire our community. Create a social media post telling us why it is important to take action for epilepsy.

#MyNEAMAction #NEAM2022

Fundraise Your Way to Help Fund Our Programs & Services

Start a Fundraiser on Facebook on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego and help raise awareness and critical funds for the San Diego epilepsy community.

#MyNEAMAction #NEAM2022

Get Seizure First-Aid Ready to Help Save a Life

Did you know that 1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime?

Make sure you are prepared to help a loved one, coworker, peer, or someone else in your life. Learn #SeizureFirstAid basics this November by taking our 30-minute, on-demand #SFAReady course HERE or contact us for personalized training at no cost. #MyNEAM Action

Donate to the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego

Make a direct impact on the no-cost programs and services our foundation provides including training programs on seizure recognition and first aid, college scholarships, as well as access to specialty and suppotive care for the more than 50,000 people living with epilepsy here in San Diego.

In the News

Our President & CEO Wendy Urushima-Conn talks about National Epilepsy Awareness Month and our Gingerbread City fundraising gala on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego.

Challenges of Epilepsy: Stats

  • 150,000 new cases of epilepsy occur each year in the U.S.

  • 470,000 children have epilepsy

  • 336,000 kids have at least one seizure annually.

  • 30% of people with epilepsy do not gain full control of their seizures and continue to struggle day-to-day with the threat of imminent seizures.

  • 32% of adults with epilepsy can’t work, compared with 7% of adults without epilepsy who can’t work.

  • 29% of adults with epilepsy can’t use a car or public transit to get places, compared with 8% of adults without epilepsy.

  • 21% of adults with epilepsy can’t pay for medicines vs. 9% without epilepsy.

  • 4 in 10 kids who had at least one seizure in the past year live in homes at or close to the poverty level.

  • 3 in 10 kids who had at least one seizure in the past year live in homes without enough food.

Our Mission

With your help, The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County improves the lives of people affected by epilepsy through education, advocacy, research, and connection.