Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund

Who We Are

People with seizures and epilepsy face discrimination in many aspects of life, including work, school, and community life. 
 
If you are a person with epilepsy, family or friend, attorney, or advocate, get legal help and information here at the Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund.

Our Goals

  • To end epilepsy-related discrimination and injustice through public education
  • To increase access to legal services through a system of managed referrals to a network of attorneys 
  • To change discriminatory practices, policies, and laws

Our Priorities

The Epilepsy Foundation's Jeanne A. Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund fights epilepsy discrimination in: 

How We Make a Difference

Great strides have been made in diagnosing and treating epilepsy, a neurological disease characterized by recurring seizures. Despite these advances, epilepsy continues to evoke negative stereotypes, fear and discrimination.

For example: 

  • A man from New York was denied a job opportunity due to a blanket policy excluding applicants taking seizure medications. 
  • A man from Indiana was arrested and charged with a criminal offense after a seizure 
  • A child from Maryland was denied access to a camp because he needed a rescue medication for seizures. 

The Epilepsy Defense Fund’s network attorneys have worked to resolve these types of discriminatory practices. 

“Thank you for help setting a solid foundation for me and my lawyer to work with...please keep doing what you do. And thank you again for your hard work and support.-James S., consumer.

Contact Us

  • For specific legal and epilepsy issues, visit here.
  • For general legal questions, email legalrights@efa.org.
  • Donate to Epilepsy Foundation programs and services, including the Jeanne A. Carpenter Legal Defense Fund.

Read past newsletter from the Jeanne A. Carpenter Legal Defense Fund.

Authored By: 
Cherree Sanders MSW, LGSW
Authored Date: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven MD / Patricia O. Shafer RN MN
Reviewed Date: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017