North Central Illinois

HISPANIC SERVICES

En algunos sitios, ofrecemos: Grupos de apoyo en español. Servicios de traducción para los IEP y para citas medicales. Partidas de campo, fiestas de los días feriados, y excursiones sociales. En todos los sitios, podemos ofrecer materias educacionales en español. La Epilepsia en Español

Services


Boone
Bureau
Carroll
DeKalb
Fulton
Henderson
Henry
Jo Daviess
Knox
LaSalle
Lee
Marshall

McDonough
McHenry
Mercer
Ogle
Peoria
Putnam
Rock Island
Stark
Stephenson
Warren
Whiteside
Winnebago

INDEPENDENT LIVING

The CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangements) and CSLA (Community Supported Living Arrangements) programs help adults with epilepsy and other developmental disabilities to become more self-sufficient, develop independence in daily living, and become more fully integrated into the community. Our program is an intermittent CILA rather than a group home. Members of our program live in their own apartments and receive intensive case management. We offer CILA and CSLA only in Rockford, IL, but other CILAs are available in other areas. Whether you are looking for an intermittent CILA or a 24-hour CILA, it is important to research options in your area and contact the agencies that offer them. Most CILAs have waiting lists, so getting into one can be a lengthly process. In Rockford, the point of entry into the CILA system is Access Services. Or, for more information specifically about our program, contact Melissa Beckford.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Discovering that they aren't alone is one of the most important experiences that some people affected by epilepsy have. Support groups introduce you to others who understand and share your experience and give you a forum for learning about resources, exploring options, and making new friends. Illinois Support Groups are offered in Rockford, LaSalle/Peru, Quad Cities and Peoria.

Rockford Adults with Epilepsy: Meets the 2nd Friday of every month 9:30-noon
Location: Epilepsy Foundation Office 321 W. state st. room 208, Rockford, IL
4th Thursday of of every month EXCEPT in November and December. In the month of November and December group will meet the3rd Thursday
Location: Broadway Methodist Church 1503 Broadway, Rockford, IL
Contact: Susan Beeler 815-964-2689, x18

Teen Support Group Peoria Meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 3601 N. St. Peoria, IL
Contact: Angel Langley 309-692-8592

Quad CitiesMeets the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Trinity Hospital, 500 John Deere Rd. Moline, IL
Contact: Monta 309-373-0377

La Salle/Peru Support meeting will meet December 12, 2013 at Illinois Valley Community Hospital, 925 West St. Peru, IL. Conference room C on the 3rd floor while the hospital is under construction. Call Barb at 815-964-2689 ex 22 for more information.

Rockford Support Group for Teens
Contact: Amanda Rodriguez
815-964-2689 ext. 20
arodriguez@efncil.org for more information.

EDUCATION

Customized epilepsy education programs are available for a variety of audiences, including:

  • schools and childcare centers
  • social service providers
  • businesses
  • civic and community groups
  • people with epilepsy and their families

The availability of onsite programs varies by location. Where we are not able to provide onsite programs, videos can be loaned.

ADVOCACY

Members of the Illinois epilepsy community participate in statewide and national efforts to increase awareness of epilepsy and funding for epilepsy research and services. Illinois Epilepsy ActionThe Illinois Epilepsy ActionThe Illinois Epilepsy Action Network is a grassroots advocacy network addressing issues affecting people affected by epilepsy on the state and federal levels. Speak Up Speak OutSpeak Up, Speak Out Speak Up, Speak Out is a grassroots advocacy network that connects citizens with their federal elected officials on issues of national importance to the epilepsy community. Kids Speak UpKids Speak Up! is a national conference for youth leaders with epilepsy. It provides 7-16 year olds with a unique opportunity to educate elected officials and staff about seizure disorders.

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