Fostering independence in our young adults is a priority for the Foundation. Many young adults with epilepsy struggle with getting to places without a license, living away home, and obtaining employment. Independence not only provides a feeling of self-worth, but it is the first step in guiding young adults to become productive members of the global community. For helpful resources CLICK HERE!!!
The Next Step Programs: Epilepsy Transition Social Groups
EFEPA is proud to partner with The Next Step Programs for their upcoming Epilepsy Transition Social Groups!
TSG Epilepsy is a program that is desgined to support teeens, ages 14-17 and 18+ living with epilepsy. Through the course of these 16-weeks, we will cultivate an environment in which participants can feel open to sharing personal experiences they have gone through in regards to living with Epilepsy. Additionally, TSG Epilepsy is a place for teens to learn more about what they need to be aware of as they are transitioning to be more independent. To register, or for more information about The Next Step Programs and their Transition Social Group, please visit The Next Step website. Financial assistance available upon request.
Steps Towards Building Independence:
Getting around without a driver’s license
Get Your Ride Share Voucher
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.
There are also 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. Keep reading to find tips on getting around without a car. 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.
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.
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.
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