Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Press Release: House Joint Resolution for Epilepsy Education, Outreach and Awareness

WEST JORDAN, UTAH, Tuesday, February 18 2014- The Epilepsy Association of Utah (EAU) applauds the passing of Utah House Joint Resolution 009 for Epilepsy Education, Outreach and Awareness. The EAU began work on the resolution in December 2013 by meeting with Rep. Marie Poulson (D) District 46, who sponsored the Resolution, and members of the Utah Department of Health.

The resolution passed both the House of Representatives (68-1-8) and the Senate (29-0-0 and 22-0-7) sending the message that Utah is on the forefront of epilepsy awareness and acceptance!

“The Epilepsy Association of Utah notes great value in this resolution, as it shows great potential and promise to benefit everyone affected by epilepsy, whether it be an effect that is direct or indirect,” said Holly Ferrin, Executive Director of the Epilepsy Association of Utah. “This is the first step in bringing forth the advancement of rights for people with epilepsy.”      `

The Association will be working with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Department of Human Services. As well as, collaborating with the Utah Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs, the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Labor Commission, the attorney general's office, and others to develop a comprehensive program that can be distributed throughout the state.

Ms. Ferrin concluded; “Everyone should know what resources are available when faced with, not only the diagnosis, but the oppression that is all to often associated with it (epilepsy). People should know, they have resources to cope with the daily struggles seizures bring; They should know there are resources provided no matter the severity of their condition.”

The EAU and the People of Utah with epilepsy, wish to extend their deepest appreciation to Rep. Poulson and Senator Patricia Jones for their sponsorship and personal support of this resolution.

Founded in 1973, The Epilepsy Association of Utah is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals living with Epilepsy and seizure disorders. 1 in 26 people will develop Epilepsy at some time in their lives leading to over 100,000 people in Utah alone. Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder in the US after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s. The Epilepsy Association of Utah offers a public education program, statewide support groups, personal and professional advocacy, college scholarships, art exhibits, educational conferences, summer camp and more.  Visit http://epilepsyut.org for additional information.

Press Contact:        April Sintz
Email:                     april@epilepsyut.org
Website:                  www.epilepsyut.org

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