Our Purpose

The Epilepsy Advocacy Network shall promote the development of facilities and services for effective treatment and rehabilitation of persons with epilepsy and coordinate the dissemination of information to the general public about epilepsy and seizure disorders in an effort to improve the public image and enhance the potential for all persons with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

Our History

In 2019, the Epilepsy Advocacy Network was founded by three individuals that have the passion, determination, and perseverance to keep epilepsy services running in Illinois and Eastern Iowa.  Angie Nelson, Erika Fleck, and Veronica Garcia-Martinez have the honor of being the founding members of EAN.  We hated to see our hard work end but most importantly we did not want to risk the lack of services for clients that would exist without epilepsy services being available in our areas. 

The mission of the Epilepsy Advocacy Network of Illinois is to optimize the quality of life of individuals with Epilepsy and seizure disorders by promoting community education and awareness, self-advocacy and empowerment, and helping all individuals gain proper access to care.  Find out more here and look at resources on our website at www.epilepsyadvocacynetwork.org

Our Affiliation

We have learned that the governmental funding available for epilepsy in general is very limited, but we are driven to make this work.  We are proud to announce that we have become an affiliate agency of the Epilepsy Alliance of America.  Epilepsy Alliance of America is a nation-wide network of community-based epilepsy organizations who are dedicated to confronting the spectrum of challenges created by seizures through the promotion of independence and quality of life for people with epilepsy and their families.  The Alliance was founded by eight leading grassroots epilepsy organizations who have unified in their mission – to provide direct support to people with epilepsy and the people who care for them.  Members of the Epilepsy Alliance of America have been collectively supporting people with epilepsy through support services, information, education, advocacy, and public awareness.  As a result, the Alliance provides real epilepsy help to approximately 1 million Americans living with Epilepsy throughout the United States. EAA has some fabulous resources on their website as well at www.epilepsyallianceamerica.org