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Epilepsy in the Workplace

Work Colleagues

What are reasonable accommodations for employees with epilepsy?

People with epilepsy can work and have the right to hold a job. Many questions arise about what employers need to do or what people with epilepsy should ask for at their workplace to make sure they can be successful. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 ("Amendments Act" or "ADAAA"), is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities.

Below are a variety of links to help both people with epilepsy and employers better understand the rights of a person with epilepsy in the workplace.


Job Accommodation Network  - JAN – Accommodation suggestions for people with epilepsy in the workplace.​

Questions and Answers about Epilepsy in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the employment provisions of the ADA. This document, which is one of a series of question-and-answer documents addressing particular disabilities in the workplace,3 explains how the ADA applies to job applicants and employees with epilepsy.


This is a helpful article to explain the following things:

  • Epilepsy and the Americans with Disabilities Act

  • General Information about epilepsy.

  • Obtaining, using and disclosing medical information

  •  What may an employer do when it learns that an applicant has epilepsy after he has been offered a job but before he starts working?

  • Keeping medical information confidential

  • Accommodating employees with epilepsy

  • Concerns about safety

  • Harassment

  • Retaliation

  • How to file a charge of employment discrimination

Epilepsy at Work – Designed for HR Professionals, this toolkit will provide training and information on how to support co-workers, clients and customers with epilepsy in the workplace.

Study confirms vocational rehabilitation improves employment outcomes for people with epilepsy. Employment is a significant determinate of overall quality of life for the person with epilepsy. However, people with epilepsy often have difficulty finding and maintaining employment and have higher rates of unemployment and underemployment than the general population (Smeets et al 2007).


Empowering Epilepsy Support Groups with Yoga

Empowering Epilepsy Support Groups are run monthly to help people live well with epilepsy.  From 7:00 – 7:45, meet other people who understand epilepsy. Learn strategies to manage  seizures and make new friends. Then from 7:45 to 8:45 enjoy Empowering Epilepsy Yoga. Learn Pranayama breathing techniques to help reduce stress and minimize seizures. Food and drink will be provided, and the event is FREE. 


Donate to Help Us
Change the Conversation About Epilepsy!

Here are some ways you can donate:

In Person

Empowering Epilepsy Headquarters

23500 Mercantile Road, Suite D
Beachwood, OH 44122


Make a tax deductible donation‏.

Over the Phone

It's easy to donate offline too.

Tel: 216-342-4167

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