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Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas

Address: 4406 St. Vincent 
                 St. Louis, MO 63119

Phone: (314) 781-4949

Fax: (314) 781-4907

Email: epilepsy@efmk.org

Website: www.efmk.org

Description:
The Epilepsy Foundation of America is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families.  The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.  In addition to programs conducted at the national level, epilepsy clients throughout the United States are served by 48 Epilepsy Foundation affiliates around the country.  Created in 1955 as a grassroots effort to help people with epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas is a not-for-profit 501c(3) serving the two state area, offering advocacy and educational services to people with epilepsy, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Independent Living:
The Independent Living program is designed to assist adults with epilepsy acquire skills to secure lifelong independence. The target population is interested adults with epilepsy 18 years and older living in St. Louis City. The program is dedicated to improving opportunities for people with epilepsy by providing training on: medication management, communication in a crisis, behavior modification (related to epilepsy), stress management, seizure safety, conflict resolution, seizure management and developing plans for independence.

Education
The Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas provides epilepsy training on seizure recognition and on seizure first aid in various community settings for different audiences, including:

  • School personnel (teachers, nurses, administrators, and support staff)**
  • Students (grades 3 through 12)
  • Physicians, nurses, and community healthcare advocates
  • Assisted living staff
  • Day care staff
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • First responders
  • Community agencies
  • Area employers
  • Individuals, family members, and friends
Individuals who complete this training will:
  • Be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy as a medical condition
  • Be able to identify and learn about different types of seizures
  • Know what to do and what not to do when someone is having a seizure
  • Be able to share accurate information about epilepsy with others
**In school settings specifically, these trainings will also help equip attendees with information, strategies and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by supporting positive treatment outcomes, maximizing educational and developmental opportunities, and ensuring a safe and supportive environment.