Having seizures may make it more difficult to find a job or do certain types of work. If you can’t drive due to seizures, then getting to work can be a challenge. This is one of the biggest problems for so many people! If your job depends on being able to drive, then suddenly you may not be able to keep that job. Others may need vocational counseling or training to learn new job skills or find a job where the seizures won’t be a problem.
In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act makes it illegal to deny someone a job because of a medical condition if they can perform the essential duties of that job. People who feel they are being discriminated against because they have epilepsy should consider seeing a lawyer who understands disability law.
Some Good Advice
- Learn about epilepsy and jobs before you apply for a job or if you start having problems at work.
- Talk to your doctor or nurse if seizures happen at work or are causing problems. You may need your treatment plan revised to get better seizure control. Or look at possible seizure triggers in the workplace or other parts of your life.
- Talk to someone at your local Epilepsy Foundation affiliate (link to find an affiliate) for one-to-one help and to find a vocational counselor. Learn about the laws protecting you in the workplace.
- Find out what and when you should tell your employer about seizures. In some situations you may not need to disclose anything. Yet people with uncontrolled seizures will want someone to know.
- Develop a plan on what people should do if you have a seizure at work.
- Find out if simple accommodations at work may are needed.
- If you are having problems with an employer or others in the work place, talk to the protection and advocacy staff of the state human rights commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EEOC), or a social worker who specializes in employment issues.