Impact of Epilepsy on Canadians Survey Results Released!

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments

The following is reported on the English-language version of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance’s web site:

SERIOUS CHALLENGES FACED BY CANADIANS WITH EPILEPSY REVEALED
During the fall of 2011, many of our members participated in a survey entitled The Impact of Epilepsy on Canadians. Conducted by Leger Marketing and completed by 671 respondents across Canada in both official languages, the survey is the first of its kind in Canada to explore the impact on life and health among adults living with the disorder.

The findings reveal that Canadian adults living with epilepsy are still struggling to control the common seizure disorder, and face serious health obstacles, including access to specialized care and treatment options, as well as numerous social impacts. Canadians living with epilepsy list the following top challenges that need to be addressed:

  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Lack of independence
  • Social and work barriers

The Canadian Epilepsy Alliance urges all Canadians to take a stand in support of those living with epilepsy by:

  • Eliminating the stigma facing those living with epilepsy by supporting greater public education and awareness about the disorder
  • Ensuring access to all safe and effective options for optimal seizure control – right across Canada
  • Expecting and demanding the best possible specialized care, treatment and social supports for Canadians living with epilepsy”
You may recall that we here at SECA reported on and linked to providing input for this survey some months ago. This is excellent information to have and we at SECA urge everyone to go to the CEA’s website and read the report! Thanks to all involved for making this report on the impact of epilepsy possbile!
-Alex-

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Thanks for the Epilepsy Conference!

October 19th, 2011 · No Comments

The Andrews-Reiter Conference held this past weekend at the University of Toronto was a great success! I hope everyone enjoyed it, I had a great time. It was a great opportunity to hear about a valuable treatment style, as well as network with everyone in the epilepsy community.

Also, thanks to the speakers and the conference organizers for all their hard work: John Park, Ellen Novack, Donna Andrews, Joel Reiter, Joshua Kors, Siegward Elsas and Rosa Michaelis! We at SECA hope you enjoyed your time in Toronto and at the University proper! We look forward to collaborating further with you in the future!

-Alex-

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