The month of November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, which is why we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss how Epilepsy affects the 2.2 million Americans in their daily lives. In particular, how does Epilepsy affect those that are suffering from it while also employed?
You may be concerned about whether Epilepsy will affect your ability to get and keep a job. Additionally, employers may worry about your capability to complete job duties. Many advocacy efforts are currently taking place to increase employment rates and success. House Resolution 298, Raising Awareness and Insight on Seizures and Epilepsy, was just created to promote greater awareness and understanding among government agencies and bodies that come in contact with those living with epilepsy. RAISE still needs to be passed but has over 100 co-sponsors.
Safety is paramount in the workplace. Safety in the workplace comes to the forefront for those that suffer from Epilepsy. Those that have high-risk occupations such as Firefighter, Police Officer or construction worker can certainly work with their Epilepsy, but have to take extra precautions to ensure that the effects of Epilepsy are under control. If a person is old enough to have a full-time job, he or she must be aware of how seizures affect daily activities. Likelihood, frequency, duration and potential harm of seizures are all factors that should be assessed by the individual before the decision to take a risky job is made.
If you feel that your condition is such that you cannot perform the job duties you once did, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
If you want to read more about epilepsy and living with epilepsy, visit the Epilepsy Foundation website at www.epilepsyfoundation.org