Why are we talking about epilepsy during the 2018 Ontario election?
Families that are touched by epilepsy in Ontario need support programs and community education. Programs that help people understand their epilepsy and how to manage it, reduce seizure frequency and unnecessary hospital visits, and help them live well in the community need to be a priority for the next government. Ontario’s Community Epilepsy Agencies are already providing these programs, but with limited resources and need provincial funding to maintain and expand programs for people living with epilepsy.
How You Can Help!
Reach out to party leaders and your local provincial election candidates. Let your voice be heard that you support Epilepsy Community Education and Support Programs and you want to see the next government make funding them a priority. You can send an email, contact them on social media, go to all candidates meetings and debates, or talk to them if they knock on your door.
Our family has been affected by epilepsy. Fortunately we received amazing support from Epilepsy Durham Region. I don’t know how we would have gotten through without them. But they receive no funds from the government and struggle to continue doing the good work they do. How will your party support Community Epilepsy Agencies and other community groups that support people facing challenges in the community?
My child’s epilepsy medication used to be covered under our work drug plan. However with OHIP+ the drug isn’t covered because we didn’t try other drugs first and now our work plan doesn’t cover it. It’s difficult and dangerous to try other medications when the drug they are on works well. What will your party do to make sure people with epilepsy, and other conditions, are able to access the medication they need?
Contact the Party Leaders:
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Find Your Local Candidates
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Want more information?
Click here to see Epilepsy Ontario’s 2018 pre-budget submission for more details about how community education and support programs can make a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy.