Epilepsy and the Workplace Understanding Promotes Support

by Apr 25, 2019

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Each year in the U.S., about 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy. Over a lifetime, 1 in 26 Americans will develop this neurological central nervous system disorder that causes seizures.[1]
Approximately 70% of people with epilepsy have found great success in preventing seizures with prescription drugs. As a result, many with epilepsy do not need workplace accommodations. For those who do, the minor accommodations needed vary and include:

  • using organizers to assist with memory and time management
  • alternative forms of communication, such as email or instant messaging
  • avoiding certain sources of lighting, such as strobe and bright lights
  • mobility aid for support

 The most important part of accommodating people with epilepsy involves providing your workforce with basic facts about epilepsy and addressing the stigma associated with epilepsy. The iDisability™ e-learning module, “Accommodating Individuals with Epilepsy” was specifically designed to serve as a toolkit for understanding seizures, and to enable people with epilepsy to make outstanding contributions in the workplace. It provides lasting strategies that support people with epilepsy.

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Source Information: [1] www.eawcp.org

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