Journal of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology
versión impresa ISSN 1676-2649
GUILHOTO, Laura Maria de Figueiredo Ferreira; BONONI, Filipe Meneghelli; MESQUITA, Sueli y SANTOS, Cristiane Maciel dos. Associação Brasileira de Epilepsia: history of two decades of activities. J. epilepsy clin. neurophysiol. [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.2, pp. 77-84. ISSN 1676-2649. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-26492008000200007.
OBJECTIVE: The "Associação Brasileira de Epilepsia" (ABE) is a non profit society, which has been organized as an Institution mainly interested in divulging knowledge about the epilepsies and in promoting improvement of the quality of life of people with epilepsy. The aim of this revision is to describe the activities of ABE since its Foundation in 1987. METHODS: Historical review of ABE activities. RESULTS: ABE is composed by people with epilepsy and their relatives, physicians, neuroscientists and other professionals allied to medicine. It was founded by Prof. Esper Abrão Cavalheiro of "Universidade Federal de São Paulo" (UNIFESP) in 1987. ABE was accepted as the Brazilian Chapter of the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) in 1991 and was declared full member of IBE in December 18th, 2005. ABE received Its "CNPJ" number in June, 23rd, 2003 and its statute was reformulated according to the new Civilian Brazilian Code in 2003, which was registered in Legal Entities Registry Office in September 16th, 2004. ABE was qualified as an Organization of Civilian Society with Public Interest (OSCIP) by Brazilian Minister of Justice in January, 7th, 2005, published in Official Diary in January 17th, 2005. ABE promotes monthly seminars about related subjects and the associates may also take part in several activities, including the Project of painting "Arte e Vida", Literature, Expression and Handcraft offices during weekly classes. CONCLUSION: The "Associação Brasileira de Epilepsia" has promoted in the last 20 years broad understanding of the epilepsies trough the dissemination of knowledge to general society, in order to reduce the stigma and the prejudice of the society towards the people with epilepsy.
Palabras llave : Epilepsy; education; quality of life.