British Epilepsy Association
One in 130 people in the UK has epilepsy - making it the second
most common neurological condition after migraine.
British Epilepsy Association (BEA) was set up in 1950,
and since then the Association has changed dramatically, but our
aim is still the same - to raise awareness of epilepsy.
In recent years BEA has been involved with campaigns to:
- Change driving law
- Bring in guidelines for education authorities when dealing
with children with epilepsy
- Provide cheaper and fairer insurance schemes
- And many more
BEA was actively involved at consultation stage for the
UK Disability Discrimination Act, ensuring that people with epilepsy
were represented and that their problems were addressed.
Changing the law is difficult but changing attitudes is the real
challenge. Myths are hard to overcome, and education is the strongest
tool in telling people the truth about epilepsy. Every week thousands
of publications are sent to people's homes, schools and offices
and to GPs' surgeries and hospitals, all aimed at dispelling the
harmful myths that have dogged people with epilepsy down through
Achieving all of this is made even harder by the fact that BEA's
funds come almost entirely from voluntary donations. Without the
generosity of the general public our essential work simply would
not be able to continue. People whose lives have been directly affected
by epilepsy understand how vitally important it is that we can get
our message across and we need them to help us to reach even more
people and change more lives.
Freephone Helpline - 0808 800 5050
BEA offers advice and information over the telephone free
of charge for UK residents. Callers are guaranteed a friendly welcome
and can discuss their concerns confidentially with knowledgeable
staff. BEA's extensive library and information resource means
that the vast majority of queries can be dealt with there and then.
The lines are manned between Monday to Friday 0900 to 1630 (1600
This is BEA's online community for people that have epilepsy
and their carers. It includes chat and discussion forums, e-mail,
diary of events and a search facility for members. This facility
is also used to collate information to form an anonymous database
which will provide the world's first automatic data bank on epilepsy.
This will be used to create better services and treatment for epilepsy.
BEA-Connect Website: www.bea-connect.com.
New Anstey House,
Gate Way Drive,
Leeds LS19 7XY
Telephone: 0113 210 8800
Fax: 0808 800 5555
Freephone Helpline: 0808 800 5050
E-mail Helpline: firstname.lastname@example.org
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