Every state regulates driver’s license eligibility of persons with certain medical conditions. The most common requirement for people with epilepsy is that they be seizure free for a specific period of time and submit a physician’s evaluation of their ability to drive safely. Another common requirement is the periodic submission of medical reports, in some states for a specified period of time and in others for as long as the person remains licensed. To view PA state’s driving laws visit: https://www.epilepsy.com/driving-laws.
Another great resource can be found here: https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/obtaining-license-with-epilepsy/.
It’s true, having active seizures can keep you from driving a car. It can be frustrating, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to get around and live your life. There are plenty of places that are easily accessible by public transportation. Philadelphia’s public transportation system, SEPTA, is cheap and convenient. It’s always important to plan out your trip ahead of time to help keep from getting confused on the way.
Please note that the following information is offered for informational purposes only. There are no warranties of any kind for quality of service, consistency of time schedules, etc.
SEPTA – Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties
Visit www.septa.org to learn about public transportation options in southeastern Pennsylvania. Use the “Trip Planner” option to see all of your train, trolley, and subway options. You can find more information on transportation passes and tickets at shop.septa.org. Also, tokens that are good for subways and buses can be easily purchased at any SEPTA station.
SEPTA offers reduced fare privileges in some cases. An application is required and the reduced fare is restricted to off-peak hours. You can learn more about this option by calling SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.
Trained service animals ride free of charge. NOTE: The service animals must be leashed and under the owner’s control. SEPTA personnel are not allowed to take leashes or harnesses, or interfere with duties of service animals in any way. For more information, call 215.580.3424.
The Broad Street Line is great for going to the sports complex that houses the Phillies, Eagles, and 76ers professional sports teams. Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market, Avenue of the Arts, and Center City are also easily accessible on the Broad Street Line subway.
You can access many of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods easily by riding the Market-Frankford Line. Travel quickly between Northern Liberties, Old City, Center City and University City on this line.
If you live outside the city or need to head to the suburbs, there is nothing better than SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines. Most trains run every hour, with more trains during busy hours. Click here to view the Regional Rail schedules.
SEPTA CCT Connect Paratransit Program (CCT)
This program provides door to door transportation service (with advanced registration.) An application is required and in order to be eligible the applicant must be functionally unable to use regular, accessible public transportation. Think you might be eligible? Contact us at 215-629-5003.
By now you may have heard about a new service similar to taxi’s called UBER or Lyft. To use this service, download the UBER of Lyft “app” through your mobile phone.
- You will need to set up an account and enter in a credit/debit card to be charged per ride. Enter the destination address and the driver will pick you up from your home.
- A percentage of the fare paid to the driver is taken by UBER as its fee. Inasmuch as UBER states it is not a “transportation company” but merely acts as a dispatcher, it presently is not subject to regulations concerning, for example, liability coverage, accessibility and background checks of its drivers. You may be able to split your fare if there are others sharing the ride.
**We’re excited to announce the relaunch of the partnership with SK Life Science, Inc., for a first-of-its-kind Uber ride share campaign. Through this initiative, people with epilepsy and their caregivers are eligible to receive a $50 Uber ride share voucher. Simply contact EFA’s toll-free Helpline at 1-800-332-1000 (en Español 1-866-748-8008) (9 AM – 5 PM EST Monday through Friday) to request a voucher.
For a complete overview of greater Philadelphia transportation services, download our Transportation Guide here.
If you are planning a trip, make sure you first visit https://www.google.com/maps to search for public transportation directions. After you type in your destination click on the picture of a bus to get accurate and step-by-step public transportation directions.
For more information about exploring Philadelphia specifically, visit http://www.visitphilly.com/getting-around/
Need help navigating one of these websites? Not computer savvy? Give us a call and we can talk you through it!
Getting to area hospitals
Wondering the best ways to get to your doctor’s appointments? Most hospitals have directions online with maps of their campus. Below is a short list hospitals in the area. Likewise, if you are having difficulty covering the cost of traveling to appointments, there are assistance programs available. The J. Kiffin Penry Patient Travel Assistance Fund provides reimbursement for those traveling more than 50 miles from their home to review FDA-approved medical treatment. Click here to learn more.
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Jefferson University Hospitals, Neurology
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Lehigh Valley Health Network
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Temple University Medicine
Lancaster General Hospital
Geisinger Medical Center
Reading Health System
Penn State Hershey Medical Center