Epilepsy Awareness: Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey · EndEpilepsy.Org
Public misunderstanding about epilepsy causes bullying, discrimination, and depression. People don’t like to talk about it, but one person 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy, and one in 10 will have a seizure.
33.4 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy — more than with autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy combined.
360,000 children with epilepsy have at least one seizure annually.
30 percent of people with epilepsy do not gain full control of their seizures.
29 percent of adults with epilepsy cannot drive vehicles or use public transit.
People with epilepsy are 30 percent more likely to have accidental injuries related to their seizures as compared to the general population.
Epilepsy receives only one-tenth the research funding of many less common neurological disorders.
Let’s Use Our Brains to End Epilepsy shifts the conversation from ignorance to understanding, and puts an end to the misunderstanding, silence, and lack of funding for epilepsy care, research and advocacy.
“Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain, and anyone with a brain can positively affect epilepsy,” said Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. “Sadly, the public has been hard-wired to avoid epilepsy. Let’s Use our Brains to End Epilepsy, and replace its fight-or-flight reaction with empathy and informed action.”
SABER is a renowned American fine artist with epilepsy. He recently created a massive brain art installation in Los Angeles that will be auctioned off to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation. Click here to view a clip from his live performance.