EPAEG’s 5th Fundraising Event Set for October 21, 2017
Seize the Evening Reception and Silent Auction, the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group’s annual fundraising event will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue South (corner of West Calhoun Parkway and 35th Street) in Minneapolis. This is the fourth year the event has been at the Bakken. The Silent Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. along with the drawing for the “Wall of Wine”. The proceeds from the event will go to support EPAEG’s programs to help people with epilepsy with employment issues.
Joanne Rogin, M.D., an epileptologist with the Midwest Center for Seizure Disorders, Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology will start the program with a Welcome and a short agency update. The program will continue with two presenters. First, Thaddeus Walczak, M.D., an epileptologist with the University of Minnesota Physicians, MINCEP Through University of Minnesota Health and Chair of the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group’s Professional Advisory Board will present a short medical update entitled “Advances in Epilepsy Treatment. His presentation will be followed by EPAEG board member Loretta Boileau, B.A., M.A. of Brainerd, MN who will deliver a short presentation “The Faces of Epilepsy.” The presentations will be followed by musical entertainment by Cathy, Abel and Jon of the Latin Billies.
In 2016 the event was moved to the main floor of the Bakken where there is more space for the silent auction, food, entertainment and seating and the event will be in the same area this year. The Bakken Museum and its gardens will be open and operating for guests of EPAEG during the event.
Tickets for the reception are $15.00, $25.00 and $35.00 and the agency is offering display tables to clinics and pharmaceutical companies. Seize the Evening is a wine and cheese reception however non-alcoholic options are available along with traditional snacks. Dress is business or party casual. There is parking in both the Bakken’s lot and on the street at no cost. The agency requests that tickets be reserved and paid in advance by credit card on line or at the event by check or cash only. Tickets can be ordered by going to the EPAEG website before October 9 at www.epaeg.org or by calling 612-616-4612.
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Support Conference for Unemployed People with Seizure Disorders
CAREER CONNECTIONS, a support conference for unemployed and underemployed individuals with epilepsy/seizure disorders who are in the job search was sponsored by the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group (EPAEG) at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Career Connections, which has been conducted at several other locations around the Twin Cities metro area, is designed to help people with epilepsy better deal with their situations relative to employment issues. People who have seizures and are in the job search, family members, and professionals who work with them attended.
Career Connections includes seven sessions relative to employment issues and epilepsy and featured seven sessions including:
Challenges and Resources in Employment Search
Grief and Loss: Past Jobs, What We Can Learn
Resume Development and Social Networking
Volunteering and Connecting: Hidden Opportunities
The ADA: Workplace Accommodations and Self-disclosure
Interviewing and Dressing for Success
On the Job: Strategies for Memory Impairment
Presenters included Lin Butler, B.A., Terri Keacher, B.A., Anne Barnwell, M.S., CRC, Francis White, J.D., Jon Hoffman, B.A. and Loretta Boileau, B.A., M.A. Conference attendees had an opportunity to share job-seeking tips and information, gain skills and learn from other attendees, as well as from the conference instructors. If you are interested in attending the next Career Connections, or want more information, call 612-616-4612 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or email email@example.com to contact the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group.
EPAEG BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER LORETTA BOILEAU TALKS ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ADVOCACY AND EMPLOYMENT GROUP
Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group (EPAEG) helps people with epilepsy and seizure disorders by providing an employment program which offers employment support groups, job seeking skills workshops, interviewing skills training, resume and cover letter coaching and helping individuals with epilepsy access to job search databases. It also works with employers to resolve issues related to epilepsy and coordinates with other agencies to provide appropriate education to companies and employers of people with seizure disorders to encourage employment.
EPAEG also assists people with seizure disorders as an individual advocate when discrimination may be an issue, or when a person with seizures needs help or assistance with employment specific issues such as access to health insurance, public and private disability benefits, drivers’ licensing and transportation resources related to accessing employment.
Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group provides several professionally conducted, time-limited, education groups which are designed to help individuals with seizure disorders better understand the impact epilepsy has on becoming successfully employed.
When a situation becomes complex and you need special help to resolve it, that’s when you need a case manager or Individual Advocate. Individual Advocacy goes a step beyond referral to other agencies and often involves working directly with legal, governmental, medical and other resources to solve your problem.
Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group will act on your behalf as a BRIDGE TO EMPLOYMENT and help you deal with the issues people with epilepsy often face which, along with seizures, lead to employment problems. EPAEG’s individual Advocates are highly experienced with the issues of transportation, memory and cognitive difficulties, brain injury, side-effects of medications, discrimination based on disability, special accommodations, teaching self-advocacy and other issues relative to epilepsy and employment.
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