Anita Kaufmann wanted to share her story with the world, so that people will not be afraid of epilepsy, a condition that has been stigmatized for a very long time.
When Anita was 14 years old, she was thrown from a horse and was not wearing protective head gear. She suffered a head injury and was in a coma for four days and was hospitalized for months. Anita appeared to make a full recovery.
After finishing high school in New Jersey, Anita graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to obtain her law degree from Georgetown Law School.
After graduation Anita worked as an associate with an elite law firm in New York City. After a few years, she changed careers from the practice of law to legal recruitment. In 1986 she launched her own legal search firm, Anita Kaufmann Associates (“AKA”). Under her leadership AKA became one of the most well respected firms in the industry. Her clients included Fortune 500 companies, major Wall Street financial institutions, and prestigious international law firms. Anita’s career blossomed.
Suddenly, one day, it all changed. Anita experienced one of her first seizures while taking a well-earned vacation and was asked to leave the vacation spa where she was staying. At that moment, Anita decided to establish a foundation to help others avoid the discrimination she had suffered.
Anita wanted the world to know that most people with epilepsy can be successful and lead normal lives with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
How You Can Get Involved
We invite you to become a Purple Day Ambassador and spread the word about epilepsy! The Anita Kaufmann Foundation has educational materials available to help you share the the facts about epilepsy and seizures.
The Anita Kaufmann Foundation is interested in supporting grassroots organizations that are working on worthwhile projects in the area of epilepsy education. Please contact us and we will consider funding your efforts.
If you have any suggestions on how to further our mission of educating the public not to fear epilepsy, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always looking for fresh, creative ideas on how to spread the message that people with epilepsy are just like others who happen to have a medical condition. Please submit your ideas to us here.
Finally, if you have epilepsy and feel you have been discriminated against, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.