Epilepsy Toronto

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Epilepsy Toronto is a non-profit organization that has been supporting people living with epilepsy for the last 50 years. In 1956, a small group of parents with a steadfast belief in their children’s rights founded the group. Today the organization prioritizes community engagement and individual focus. Epilepsy Toronto serves families within the GTA with a range of tailored programs that support people living with epilepsy to live independent lives and education for family members about the effects of epilepsy. Through Epilepsy Toronto's programs, individuals have the opportunity to meet others who have the same condition and to increase awareness in the broader community. The organization's philosophy is one of inclusion and empowerment and its goal is to have members feel connected whether they are in need of services themselves or are in a position to support others.

Adult Program[edit]

The organization offers on-going support for adults with epilepsy including counselling, advocacy, information seminars, and support groups. The adult supports groups include the following:

  • AWEC - Adults with Epilepsy Connection
  • Support Group for Professionals
  • Friday Recreation Group
  • Pregnant and New Mom's Network
  • Partners of People with Epilepsy Support Group
  • Epilepsy Surgery Support
  • SUDEP Aware and Support Group

Children and Youth Program[edit]

Epilepsy Toronto's Children and Youth services include support for the newly diagnosed, education interventions, medical advocacy, recreational activities and outreach. The following support groups are provided as well:

  • Support Group for Parents of Children with Epilepsy
  • Support Group for Parents of Young Adults and Teens
  • End Trash Talk Campaign, which provides youth with a voice to vent

Employment Program[edit]


  • coping with epilepsy
  • career choices
  • job retention strategies
  • disclosure to employer
  • workplace accommodation
  • driver's licence regulations

Job Search and Retention

  • skills evaluation
  • job search skills and weekly Job Club meetings
  • Job Search Online
  • Employment Workshops
  • Epilepsy Education in the Workplace
  • Employee - Employer Partnership Support

Yearly events conducted by Epilepsy Toronto[edit]

  • Scotiabank Toronto BuskerBall Gala
  • Scotiabank Toronto BuskerFest
  • Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon
  • Purple Day of Global Epilepsy Awareness


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