Our History

1970
Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey founded after a meeting of interested individuals in a West Orange home. Organization is incorporated and affiliates with Epilepsy Foundation of America.

1972
Active in the passage of New Jersey Civil Rights Act

1983
EFNJ becomes “amicus Curiae” in a major employment discrimination case. Five years later, the NJ Supreme Court would hold a decision that no supermarket chain could fire an employees because he has epilepsy.

1984
EFNJ office moves to Trenton, NJ.

1985
Division of Mental Retardation (DMR) becomes Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Statewide Need Assessment is undertaken by EFNJ under contract with DDD.

1986
The Needs Assessment is complete. EFNJ begins to provide respite care services under contract with DDD.

1987
South Jersey opens office at Medical Arts Building, Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ.

1988
North Jersey office opens in Martland Building, UMDNJ in Newark, NJ.

1989
EFNJ named “Affiliate of the Year” by Epilepsy Foundation of America. Camp Nova summer camp program begins.

1990
EFNJ pushes for passage and signing of Americans with Disabilities Act at White House on July 26, 1990.

1992
Family Support Center of NJ founded under sponsorship of EFNJ to provide information to families regardless of disability.
EFNJ appointed to U.S. Delegation to first ever Vatican Conference on Disability held in Rome Italy.

1993
EFNJ Scholarship program initiated.

1995
The first Family Support Awareness Day takes place in Trenton, NJ. Gov. Whitman is guest speaker.

1996
EFNJ only lay organization to participate in 1st Russian – American Epilepsy Symposium in Moscow.

1997
Website (www.efnj.com), is one of the first affiliate websites in Epilepsy Foundation network to be set up.

1998
EFNJ is named “one of the 50 most important people or organizations” in the past 50 years by the Easter Seals Society of NJ.

1999
A year long strategic planning process results in sweeping proposals for corporate restructuring.

2000
Statewide poster contest is initiated. Kidz Korner at Berkeley begins as a site-based after school program.

2001
EFNJ selected to co-sponsor WINS Project.

2002
North Jersey Office relocates to larger space in Parsippany from Livingston.

2003
Family Support Center receives grant to develop website for families participating in Real Life Choices.

2004
Family Support Center moves to larger offices in Wall Township. EFNJ named “Agency of the Year” by the Child Assault Prevention Network. Organization hosts the “National Respite Conference” in Atlantic City drawing 1,000 participants.

2005
EFNJ named recipient of Rosalyn Carter Institute/JNJ Caregiving Award for Helping Hands Program.

2006
National Council on Aging names EFNJ program as NJ “Family Friends” Site.

2007
S.H.A.R.E. (Students Hearing About &anp; Recognizing Epilepsy). 5th Grade Education Program Launches.