Epilepsy Programs for the Body and Mind.
Epilepsy Foundation Texas takes a holistic approach to living with epilepsy. That is, our epilepsy programs address both the body and the brain.
Youth and Family Epilepsy Camps.
Our youth and family camps are central to our epilepsy programs. These camps involve physical exercise, nature, and team-building. Children and young teens (8-14 years old) are welcome at Camp Spike ‘n’ Wave® and Camp Neuron®, and older teens (15-19 years old) can attend Kamp Kaleidoscope®. Alternatively, families enjoy a weekend away while also getting to know other families living with epilepsy. As a result, hundreds of families and adolescents benefit from our camps each year.
Most importantly, we offer our epilepsy clinics. We currently operate in eight locations across the state: Amarillo, Beaumont, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Houston, Lubbock, and Lufkin. These clinics provide comprehensive medical care, including diagnostic testing and prescription assistance. Qualified persons living with epilepsy receive this care without charge. Our epilepsy clinics see more than 1,500 patients each year. Gifts from people like you and state partnerships completely fund our epilepsy clinics.
Education also plays a central role in our approach. The Foundation and its community partners were essential in passing Sam’s Law. This law requires public school employees in Texas to be trained in seizure recognition and first aid.
Above all, our education programs are comprehensive. In 2020 alone, we taught those living with epilepsy how to deal with stress through yoga and pilates; cooking for epilepsy and other neurocognitive disorders; arts and crafts; and workplace skills, including how to identify and respond to workplace discrimination.
Similarly, we acknowledge the role that community plays. Therefore, we facilitate support groups across the state. These support groups create a sense of community for those affected by epilepsy. They also provide a means of expression. Our support groups are professional and confidential. Thanks to our group leaders and community resources, approximately 150 Texans participate in our support groups each year.