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05-02-2013 | Epilepsy Ireland - a new name!

04 February 2013
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From February 7th 2013, Brainwave The Irish Epilepsy Association will become Epilepsy Ireland!

The launch of the new name takes place ahead of European Epilepsy Day on February 11th.

At a time when people are encouraged to speak more openly about epilepsy, we need to lead the way with a name that doesn't hide the condition we represent. By making our name shorter and simpler, we believe that the task of raising public awareness of epilepsy across the country and eliminating epilepsy stigma will be easier to achieve.

The word Brainwave was added to the original Irish Epilepsy Association over 20 years ago in response to members needs at the time. In an era when people with epilepsy were more likely to keep their diagnosis hidden compared to today, Brainwave had the advantage that the word epilepsy did not have to be used by staff when leaving messages in the pre-mobile era.

However, in a recent survey, only 15% of people questioned were able to identify the name Brainwave with the condition of epilepsy. This confusion can have a negative impact on many areas of our work, including reaching out to people with epilepsy, lobbying, raising awareness and fundraising.

Unlike Brainwave, the name Epilepsy Ireland does exactly what it says on the tin! 

While our name is changing, our vision to achieve a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy will remain at the heart of everything that we do. We are still committed to meeting the needs of individuals in Ireland with epilepsy and supporting their families and carers, as we have been doing since 1966.

We hope that all our members, volunteers and supporters like the new name and logo.

The light bulb image and the blue/ yellow identity both remain in place. The light bulb represents the idea of shedding a light on epilepsy, a theme that is used by many epilepsy organisations around the world.

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