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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.
ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION OF
UTAH
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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