Founded by Shena and Trysten Pearson, Gulf Coast Epilepsy Alliance (GCEA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides direct services to individuals with seizure disorders and those touched by epilepsy in the Gulf Coast areas of Texas.
After a five-year partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation Texas – Houston/Dallas-Fort Worth/West Texas, advocating for the passage of Sam's Law for Texas Schools and receiving rank of Eagle with the Boy Scouts of America, Trysten established GCEA to support and improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy in the Gulf Coast areas of Texas.
GCEA's vision is to achieve a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy.
GCEA's mission is committed to working for and meeting the needs of people with epilepsy, their families, and their caregivers in the Gulf Coast areas of Texas.
GCEA's aim is to maintain existing services and activities, while also developing in new directions to ensure we continue to meet the needs of people with epilepsy, their families, and their caregivers in the Gulf Coast areas of Texas.
GCEA has identified seven Strategic Aims:
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GCEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,
all contributions are tax deductible. EIN# 84-2099498
Mission: To Make Texas Schools Safer!
Sam's Law (HB 684), was signed into law on June 11, 2019 with Governor Greg Abbott, two GCEA Representatives and many Texas Epilepsy Champions.
The law requires all Texas public school personnel whose duties include regular contact with students to be trained in seizure recognition and seizure first aid.
The training is FREE.
People who interact with children with epilepsy on a daily basis need to be trained to care for them if they have a seizure.
Sam's Law ensures that Texas public schools are well-equipped with the tools necessary to provide a safe and enriching environment.
Dec. 2019, Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved the online courses:
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