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Support & Networking Groups

Having epilepsy or caring for someone who does can be challenging. When epilepsy is diagnosed, it affects the whole family. Sometimes the practical problems of daily living – from insurance, to jobs, to medical care – may seem overwhelming. At other times, it helps just to talk to people who understand what it’s like to live with epilepsy.

Some people and their families living with epilepsy report a need for support and education within the epilepsy community. The Epilepsy Foundation Washington Education and Networking Groups are designed to provide this to those who are interested in connecting with others living with epilepsy, and to learn from guest speakers on topics associated with epilepsy.

The groups listed here are open to anyone living or connected to epilepsy. These epilepsy groups are not intended to furnish medical advice or professional psychotherapy. The Epilepsy Foundation Washington is not liable for the information presented at meetings.

For further information on any of the groups listed below, or if there is no group in your area and you wish to start one, please contact EFWA at 206-487-5251 or e-mail washington@efa.org. 

All our meetings are for people living with epilepsy or family members impacted by epilepsy.

Adult Networking and Support Groups

Due to the current health concerns, all EFWA Support Group meetings will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please email washington@efa.org for information on how to join any of the groups listed below.

Seattle, WA (Monthly, 1st Wednesday)
Via Zoom Meeting

Harborview Medical Center
Maleng Building (MB)
*Room changes monthly so please check location below.*
410 9th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104 (Across from Harborview Hospital)
6:00 – 8:00 PM

2021 Dates & Location:

Please email washington@efa.org for information on how to join upcoming Virtual Meetings.

January 6, 2021
February 3, 2021
March 3, 2021
April 7, 2021
May 5, 2021
June 2, 2021
July 7, 2021
August 4, 2021
September 1, 2021
October 6, 2021
November 3, 2021
December 1, 2021

 

Tacoma, WA (1st Tuesday, every other month)

Via Zoom Meeting

Multi-Care Adult Epilepsy Clinic
Baker Medical Building
4th Floor
316 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, #408
Tacoma, WA 98045
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
2021: 1/5, 3/2, 5/4, 7/6, 9/7, 11/9

Parent Networking and Support Groups

 

Vancouver Epilepsy Parent Networking Support Group, (Bi-monthly, 2nd Saturday)

This group is for parents of children (of all ages) living with epilepsy in Oregon & SW Washington . This is a place to build relationships with others who share some of the same struggles living with epilepsy. We will focus on fun activities and making friends.

3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm – 8pm (PST).
2021 Dates: 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21

Note: This is going to continue as a Zoom gathering, and we will have periodic meetups
Contact Rae Stewart at 503.332.1738 or oregon@efa.org to get notified of meetings and Zoom info.

 

 

Sea-Bell-King County Parent Networking Support Group (Bi-monthly, 2nd Thursday)

Via Zoom Meeting
Mercer Island Library
 
4400 88th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
2021: 1/8, 3/11, 5/13, 7/8, 9/9, 11/11

 

Phone & Online Groups

 

PACES (Program for Active Consumer Engagement in Self-Management)

8-week support group focused on self-management skills for adults living with Epilepsy. Group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings via phone and is facilitated by a social worker and peer living with epilepsy.

Read more about the PACES Program and see if it’s right for you.
Questions? Contact washington@efa.org for more information.


Facebook Groups

 

WA State Epilepsy Support
https://www.facebook.com/groups/388837784533806/

Epilepsy Foundation Washington Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1581941951841583/about/