Epilepsy and Employment Resource Central
Created by the AES Epilepsy & Employment Task Force
Posted June 2009
The unemployment rate for people with epilepsy is two to three times that of the general population (Hauser & Hesdorffer, 1990). For those with active seizure disorders, it may be as high as 50%. Furthermore, people with epilepsy who manage to gain employment, tend to earn less than people who do not have epilepsy (Wiebe et al., 1999: Lindsten et al., 2002). Physicians are in a unique position of being able to advocate for appropriate employment opportunities for their patients with epilepsy. The following information may be used in formulating a response to patients and employers.
Profile of Epilepsy as a Disability
by Elson L. So, M.D.
Considerations in Work Site Safety and Epilepsy
by Robert T. Fraser, Ph.D., CRC
Resources on Workplace Accommodation
by Malachy L. Bishop, Ph.D., CRC & Erica K. Johnson, Ph.D.
Resources on Hiring Qualified Workers with Epilepsy
by Kevin Jordan, MPA