Why employ someone with Epilepsy?

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People hold many misconceptions about the condition of epilepsy. It is important to remember that most people with epilepsy have been able to stabilise their condition through a medical regime. Furthermore, for the majority of people with epilepsy, the condition is unlikely to impinge on their working lives. Sick leave and accidents at work are no more frequent among people with epilepsy than in other workers.

However, a number of myths have grown up around epilepsy, probably dating from times when medical treatment was not as successful in treating the condition and from common historical portrayals of epilepsy and seizures.

Contrary to popular belief, people with epilepsy can drive cars and use visual display units (VDUs). In fact, people with epilepsy can work in a vast majority of jobs. Furthermore, employers rarely, if ever, incur extra costs through employing someone with epilepsy.

People with epilepsy make just as good (if not better) employees. Studies show that because they can find it difficult to obtain employment, they tend to be more motivated in seeking and retaining jobs.

At present, employers will need to re-examine their own hiring policies as discrimination has been addressed through the introduction of anti-discrimination laws and policies (Equal Status & Employment Act 2000). To protect their own legal standing, employers will need to ensure that people with disabilities (such as epilepsy) enjoy the same rights as other workers in job seeking and in employment.