The Epilepsy Foundation is grateful for the bi-partisan leadership and support of Representatives Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Dan Benishek (R-MI) for introducing epilepsy awareness resolution, H.Res. 298.  This resolution shows congressional support for coordinated epilepsy awareness programs.  We urge all members of the House of Representatives to cosponsor this important awareness statement.

The Foundation has drafted a bill, Raising Awareness and Insight into Seizures and Epilepsy (RAISE Act) and will continue to push for its introduction.  RAISE would make it safer for students, workers and citizens with epilepsy to access emergency care, continue employment, and achieve an education.  The Epilepsy Foundation strongly supports House Resolution 298 as a first step toward the introduction of the RAISE Act that would create a national epilepsy awareness campaign to increase the understanding of epilepsy and seizures in the workplace, schools and communities.

Nearly 3 million Americans have epilepsy, yet epilepsy and seizures remains largely misunderstood by the public.  The Epilepsy Foundation is particularly concerned about the lack of epilepsy awareness among educators, employers, medical professional and first responders as they often come into contact with someone having a seizure.  This lack of understanding can have a serious impact on the access to communities, treatment, employment, or education for people with epilepsy.

H.Res 298 recognizes the need to coordinate and support epilepsy awareness and training programs across the federal agencies and in our communities.   You can read more about H.Res 298 and take action at: http://capwiz.com/efa/issues/bills/?bill=49573506&size=full

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