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Sarah Dailey, Author at Epilepsy Foundation Maryland

24 Jun

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Announcing Virtual Epilepsy Education Series

June 24, 2020 | By |

The Epilepsy Foundation Metro DC and Epilepsy Foundation Maryland are partnering together to offer an educational series for people living with epilepsy, caregivers and family members. Five (5) webinar style events will be planned from July through November 2020. These virtual events allow participants to join from anywhere to learn and connect with others impacted by epilepsy.

 

July 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Transitioning to College: What Every Student with Epilepsy and Their Parents Need to Know

The transition to college is a major milestone for teens and families. The college journey allows a teen to gain new social independence, learning opportunities and personal responsibilities. For some parents, adjusting to this time of separation and transition can be difficult. For a teen living with epilepsy, heading off to college may bring new concerns. This presentation will focus on ways to prepare and transition medical needs; how to utilize campus services like health and disability; and learn real advice from a student and parent who have been there.

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August 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Preparing for School: Tips for a Successful Start to the New School Year

As the new school year approaches, it is good for all families to plan ahead for a successful transition from summertime. Epilepsy can bring additional considerations and challenges for students and their families. This presentation will focus on ways to help prepare your child for the new year; important things to discuss with school staff like seizure action plans and first aid; and knowing your child’s rights for any needed accommodations or services.

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September 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Seizure Alert Dogs and Devices: What You Need to Know

Have you wondered if a seizure alert dog would work for you and your family? You’ve seen the new seizure alert devices, but don’t know which one would be the best fit for you. This presentation will provide the facts into seizure dogs and the process for getting a dog; an overview of the various seizure alert devices available and how to determine which one is right for you; and first-hand experiences from seizure dog owners and device users.

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October 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Driving, Transportation and Epilepsy

Every state regulates driver’s license eligibility of persons with certain medical conditions. The most common requirement for people with epilepsy is that they be seizure free for a specific period of time and submit a physician’s evaluation of their ability to drive safely. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the driving laws and restrictions for Maryland and the District of Columbia. In addition, we will provide a comprehensive overview of transportation options for non-drivers.

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November 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Innovations in Epilepsy Treatment and Care

“No seizures, no side effects” is the goal in epilepsy care. Not everyone has reached that goal, but research and new treatment options are available to help more people achieve this. This presentation will provide an overview of the newest treatment options including medication, surgery, devices and diet; and a review of the current research being conducted and how patients can get involved in research.

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Thank you to our sponsors of the Virtual Epilepsy Education Series:

12 Jun

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Support Group Meetings

June 12, 2020 | By |

Join us for one of our Virtual Support Group Meetings! Find an event near you happening soon. Click for more details.

11 Mar

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Epilepsy & Wellness Conference Photos & Recap

March 11, 2020 | By |

EF Maryland and EF Metropolitan Washington partnered to host an Epilepsy & Wellness Conference on February 22nd. Close to 100 people attended and enjoyed a day of educational presentations provided by specialist in the epilepsy field. There was also opportunity to  connect with others living with epilepsy.

11 Mar

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Support Brynleigh’s Act – Local Advocacy

March 11, 2020 | By |

EFMD is currently pursuing legislation that would require all public school staff be trained in Seizure Recognition and Response. The bill that EFMD is supporting is Brynleigh’s Act. Volunteers and EFMD staff have been making multiple trips to Annapolis, visiting with Maryland State Senators and Delegates to express the importance of a safe environment at school for anyone experiencing seizures.

 

09 Mar

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Teens Speak UP – National Advocacy

March 9, 2020 | By |

On March 3rd, Epilepsy Foundation Maryland Teen Representative’s visited with Maryland Legislators on Capital Hill. The Teen Representatives shared their experiences of living with epilepsy and the need to support specific legislation with Senator Van Hollen, Senator Cardin, Representative Brown, Representative Harris and Representative Trone.

Their mission was to stress the importance of Epilepsy Funding at the CDC, Step Therapy Reform and Safe and Legal Access to medical cannabis and cannabidiol.

 

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20 Nov

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Mary Wontrop, Executive Director

November 20, 2019 | By |

Mary Wontrop has been working on behalf of individuals with epilepsy and their families for over seventeen years. Starting with the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region in 2001, Mary has provided epilepsy education programs, managed volunteer programs, facilitated support groups, written successful grants, and planned multiple events for audiences ranging from children and parents to medical professionals. As Executive Director of the new Epilepsy Foundation Maryland, Mary looks forward to continuing these services and developing a stronger epilepsy advocacy presence throughout Maryland.

Contact Mary at mwontrop@efa.org.

14 Oct

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Volunteer

October 14, 2019 | By |

Volunteers are very important to the daily function and impact of the Epilepsy Foundation Maryland. Volunteering can be a rich, rewarding experience. We have numerous opportunities for volunteers to plug-in on a short term or long-term basis – whatever fits your schedule!