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There are many assistance programs available for individuals and families living with epilepsy, and some of these programs can be applied for through the EFWCP. Please note, some of these programs are only available to residents of the EFWCP service area, which includes the 49 counties of Pennsylvania shaded in dark purple below:

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MOVEMENT DETECTION MONITORS: EMMA’s GIFT

WHAT: You may be eligible to receive a movement detection monitor through the EFWCP and the Emma Bursick Memorial Fund.

WHO: Qualified applicants with an uncontrolled epilepsy/seizure disorder diagnosis and/or nocturnal seizures can apply to receive a monitor.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Emfit, SmartWatch and SAMi monitors are covered by this program. Applicants are required to research the three types of monitors and determine which the best type is for them. EFWCP staff are available to help guide you through the process.

TIME FRAME: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

APPLICATION: http://www.efwp.org/applications/emmasgift.pdf

QUESTIONS: For more information, click here or contact Amanda Stein at 800-361-5885.


A BREAK FOR CAREGIVERS: RESPITE CARE PROGRAM

WHAT: RESPITE is defined as “temporary relief for family caregivers from ongoing responsibility of caring for an individual of any age with special needs.”

WHO: Caregivers of persons with a diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder, in the EFWCP service region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: An application must be received in advance of needing respite care services. You will be matched with a qualified respite care provider servicing your area. The respite care provider will bill the EFWCP for services performed. Up to 25 hours of respite care services may be funded in a single year.

TIME FRAME: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

APPLICATION: RespiteCare.pdf

QUESTIONS: For more information, click here or contact Jordan Hinds at 800-361-5885.


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

WHAT: The EFWCP offers 8 scholarships from $1,000 — $2,500 towards college or a vocational program.

WHO: Members of the class of 2018 with a diagnosis of epilepsy seizure disorder, who live in the EFWCP service region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Interested high school seniors must complete an application, including an essay. If selected, applicants must agree to attend one or more Fun Run/Walk events for a check presentation.

TIME FRAME: Applications are available beginning in mid-October. Completed applications must be received by March 15. Winners are announced on April 15, with awards presented in June, July and August.

APPLICATION: ScholarshipApplication.pdf

QUESTIONS: For more information, click here or contact Francine Reyher at 800-361-5885.


SEIZURE RESPONSE DOGS: THE OSCAR PROJECT

WHAT: You may be eligible for guidance and financial support to obtain a specially trained dog that provides assistance to seizure patients, through the Michael R. Zupancic Seizure Response Dog Endowment Fund.

WHO: Children or adults who have epilepsy/seizures, who are capable of commanding the dog, and who live in the EFWCP service region.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Applicants must have an epilepsy diagnosis and be currently experiencing seizures. If selected, applicants must be able to travel to Pittsburgh for two multi-day trainings, must be able to afford on-going care for the dog (food, vet bills, etc.), and must agree to return to the Pittsburgh area yearly for re-certification.

TIME FRAME: Applications are accepted throughout the year. Recipients are selected periodically based upon need, availability of funds, and availability of dogs. Six dogs have been placed in the last 2 years.

APPLICATION: OscarProjectApplication.pdf

QUESTIONS: For more information, click here or contact Amanda Stein or Francine Reyher at 800-361-5885.


MEDICAL TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT: J. KIFFIN PENRY PATIENT TRAVEL ASSISTANCE

WHAT: You may be eligible to receive a reimbursement for travel to your doctor through this program funded by the Epilepsy Foundation National Office.

WHO: Individuals who have had to travel more than 50 miles from home to receive FDA approved medical care and/or treatment for their epilepsy/seizure disorder, but lack adequate financial resources to meet the cost of this travel without financial hardship.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: There are strict guidelines for this program, so you will need to read the application carefully. This is a reimbursement program, you must submit original receipts for eligible expenses no later than 30 days after the travel. There is a maximum amount you can receive in a two-year period. Applications must be submitted to the local Epilepsy Foundation affiliate (EFWCP if you live in Western/Central PA).

TIME FRAME: Reimbursements are awarded on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted during any given program year.

APPLICATION AND QUESTIONS: For more information, click here or contact Amanda Stein at 800-361-5885.

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