Epilepsy and Legal Rights


Photo courtesy of Jack Hartman Photography, 2013

Are you wondering?

  • Do I have to disclose epilepsy during my job interview?
  • What is a reasonable accommodation?
  • What are my child’s legal rights in schools and child care?
  • What if I’m arrested for seizure-related behavior?

The Legal Defense Fund has prepared a series of fact sheets and advocacy materials to educate the public about the legal rights of people with epilepsy.

If you are facing discrimination because of epilepsy, or helping someone who is, use the fact sheet(s) as an advocacy tool. Share them with employers, employees, educators, healthcare professionals, or advocates – anyone who can help end discrimination for people with epilepsy.

Learn about reasonable accommodations in the work place, the Family Medical Leave Act, and guidance for specific types of employment.

Learn about legal rights of children with epilepsy and rights of children with epilepsy in schools and daycare.

Learn about the rights of parents with epilepsy. Learn about the rights of parents with epilepsy. 

Learn about federal housing laws and advocacy strategies.

Learn about federal benefits and programs.

Learn about basic health insurance concerns.

Health Insurance: Where to Find Health Insurance and How to Pay for It

Learn about your rights and access to places of public accommodations.

Learn protections against discriminations by government programs.

Learn about your rights related to air travel within the U.S. and internationally and find tips for traveling safely.

Authored By:

Cherree Sanders MSW, LGSW

on Monday, August 21, 2017

Reviewed By:

Joseph I. Sirven MD and Patricia O. Shafer RN, MN

on Tuesday, August 22, 2017


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