Patient Education and Outreach

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with epilepsy, you probably have a lot of unanswered questions. Educating yourself and those around you about epilepsy/seizure disorder, how to cope with seizures in everyday life and all of your treatment options is the best way for you and your family to adjust to a diagnosis of epilepsy or seizure disorder.

The EAWCP provides convenient and easy access to information about epilepsy/seizure disorders and related issues. Our goal is to provide you with answers to as many questions as possible, and with the information you need to cope with epilepsy and how it may be affecting your life.

Patients, parents, family members and others can access information about epilepsy through the following EAWCP services:

One-On-One Consultations

Individual consultations with our staff provide you and your family with an opportunity to discuss your unique situation with someone who can help you to develop individualized strategies to address the areas of your life where seizures may be causing a problem for you. These consultations can take place in person, via telephone or even via e-mail correspondence. Personal contact in a face-to-face meeting or over the phone is recommended if you’re interested in consulting with one of our staff members. Contact the EAWCP office in your region for more information.

Local Education Events

Each year, the EAWCP plans and organizes a variety of community workshops and lectures. These events are held in various communities throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania. Held on a Saturday morning or during a weekday evening session, these events bring experts from the medical, legal or social arena close to home so that you have a chance to ask questions, learn more about a specific topic or hear a fresh perspective from a professional. Check our events page for the current schedule of EAWCP events and programs. Or, click here to request that your name be added to our mailing list so that you receive announcements about education programs in your area.

Annual Patient/Family Conference

Initiated in 1996, our annual conference is held in a different region of our service territory each year. This event is a one day opportunity for individuals and families to gather information and hear experts address a variety of issues related to epilepsy. From senior citizens and seizures to pediatric epilepsy syndromes, legal rights, new treatments and psychological aspects of epilepsy, the annual conference strives to bring you the most up-to-date and useful information available on epilepsy.

Resource Library

People coping with epilepsy often need access to literature and information related to epilepsy that can be hard to find. In order to help everyone better understand epilepsy and to share information with others, the EAWCP maintains informational materials not found in physician offices, local libraries or local bookstores. These materials can be viewed by visiting one of the EAWCP regional offices or by contacting us to request a book, video, article, etc. These resources can be mailed out to you for your personal use and returned at your convenience. The following link provides you with a list of movie, book and resource titles available via the EAWCP Resource Library.