Re: ATTITUDES (this also relates to Epilepsy and Employment)
There still is a stigma attached to this condition but if you think about it it's no different than an employee having diabetes or a heart condition.
I have to relate it to my situation.
I've had EP for 27 years and wanted to make this comment; "If a qualified person is not hired or is terminated from employment as a result of a seizure condition, it is considered a form of descrimination and a violation of your Human Rights" resulting in a hefty fine or jail time to the employer as per the Canadian Human Rights Act. The employer must provide adequate work accommodations and/or special needs required to do the job. My bosses thought that I was putting it on so I wouldn't have to do certain things. Through my employer (Government of Canada) they finally sent me to a "neuro/psyc" to examine me and DOCUMENT what I can/can't do. We have the right to request this type of exam, in MY case it was my employer that requested it. As a result of it being documented, my employer sent the results to "Health Canada" and since the job was being illiminated, the report showed that "as a result of the long term use of the meds, I could not learn new tasks "and requested that I go on DISABILITY and then medical retirement. That proved to my employer that I was telling the truth all along and NOT FAKING IT. Randy
diagnosed with epilepsy and Ulcerative Colitis in 1979.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.