The mission of JoshProvides is to improve the quality of life for those living with epilepsy or other seizure disorders. In addition, Josh Provides strives to eliminate the stigma and social isolation associated with epilepsy. Here are ways JoshProvides specifically offers HELP and HOPE.
Epilepsy Support Group
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Support Group is meeting virtually through Zoom on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of the month. One meeting each month is an “open discussion” where members can share information and concerns; while the other meeting is an informational presentation about treatment options, medication, available devices and the importance of self-care.
Individuals and families living with epilepsy or other seizure disorders oftentimes feel socially isolated due to the stigma associated with this neurological disorder. The support group provides a community connection for individuals, families, and caregivers and features local resources, speakers and an opportunity to share their experiences, ask questions and offer each other emotional comfort. JoshProvides offers a monthly Epilepsy Support Group on the first Tuesday of the month at State College of Florida, Lakewood Ranch Campus. Funding for the support group is provided by the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of Manatee Community Foundation. A grant from the Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County provides funding for ITN Transportation to and from the monthly support group for individuals who cannot drive due to seizures. For information about the Epilepsy Support Group, contact us at Info@JoshProvides.org.
Education & Awareness
JoshProvides has speakers who are available to make presentations at schools, churches, clubs & associations as well as at the workplace to dispel the myths of Epilepsy and share information about caring for someone if a seizure should occur. To arrange for a speaker, contact us at Info@JoshProvides.org.
JoshProvides offers assistance with the cost of a neurology appointment or seizure-related treatment that is recommended by the patient’s medical doctor and not covered by private medical insurance, other reimbursement plans, or government-funded programs. Click here for our Medical Services Application. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact us at Info@JoshProvides.org.
Seizure Alert & Detection Devices
There are over 40 different types of seizures. Seizure alert & detection devices can assist in detecting when a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure is occurring and will issue an alert to parents, friends, or caregivers. Consult your neurologist and research available devices. Click here for our Seizure Alert & Detection Devices Application. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact us at Info@JoshProvides.org.
Seizure Response Dog
Seizure response dogs can be wonderful service dogs for people living with epilepsy. If properly trained, dogs can alert an individual when a seizure is occurring, lay between the floor and the person having a seizure to protect them from injury, get help and signal their owner to get into a safe position before the seizure occurs. The process of securing a seizure response dog is both long and expensive and families must do due diligence in selecting a breeder and trainer. Click here for information about seeking a grant for a Seizure Response Dog. It is important to read this information sheet before you apply for a grant for a Seizure Response Dog. Click here for our Seizure Response Dog Application. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact us at Info@JoshProvides.org.
Transportation & Travel
Adults experiencing seizures are prohibited from driving until they are six-months seizure free. This limitation can directly impact an individual’s ability to go to work, attend school, or get to medical appointments. JoshProvides offers assistance with transportation through bus passes, access to paratransit services, LYFT and UBER gift cards. Transportation assistance will also be considered for medical treatment/diagnosis. Click here for our Transportation & Travel Application. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact us at Info@JoshProvides.org.