Epilepsy Ontario has sent the provincial government recommendations on how to improve the lives of people with epilepsy, by funding community education and support programs at Community Epilepsy Agencies, as part of this year’s budget consultation.
Click here to send a short message of support to the Health and Finance Ministers.
While Epilepsy Ontario and Community Epilepsy Agencies connect with MPPs at the annual Queen’s Park Action Day, this is the first year a formal budget proposal has been submitted as part of the province’s pre-budget consultations. The submission recommends government funding for Epilepsy Agencies to continue and expand the work they do providing epilepsy education and first aid training and providing on-going client programs like support groups and counselling.
If successful, the funding could have a real impact on the lives of people living with epilepsy, ensuring all Community Epilepsy Agencies can provide the important information everyone needs when first diagnosed, like when a seizure is and isn’t a medical emergency or how to manage triggers. Those people who need more or specialized support, with work, school, or other challenges, will also get the help they need.
The provincial government already funds similar programs for other neurological conditions, like the Alzheimer’s First Link program, but so far hasn’t funded Community Epilepsy Agencies to do similar work. Programs like First Link, and information collected from Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario’s Clinic To Community epilepsy education program, have shown how important education programs could be in the lives of people living with epilepsy. Now is the right time to make the pitch to the provincial government.
Funding Community Epilepsy Agencies will be the focus at this year’s Queen’s Park Action Day in March. You can also show your support by sending a short message to the Health and Finance Ministers. https://form.jotform.com/80445727484262