Employment can be one of the biggest challenges facing people who have epilepsy. Approximately 50 per cent of people with epilepsy have difficulty finding and keeping a job. Of those who do find employment, up to 50 per cent are under-employed, meaning their positions do not make full use of their qualifications and experience.
Ontario law outlines and upholds certain employment standards. Employers and employees with seizure disorders must understand how epilepsy relates to their jobs under these standards.
You can help bring equity to your workplace. Visit the following resource pages to learn more about epilepsy and employment.
- Additional Resources for Employers and Employees
- Employment Equity – What does the Employment Equity Act say about epilepsy?
- Guide to Providing and Receiving Reasonable Employment Accommodation – Does your workplace help integrate people with disabilities?
- Photosensitivity in the Workplace
- Safety Considerations
- Ontario Human Rights Commission - videos explaining the Ontario Human Rights Code, disability, barriers, accommodation, and responsibilities.
Resources for Employers
- Employers’ Guide to Employing People with Epilepsy - Find answers to all your questions about hiring someone with epilepsy from suitable interview questions to liability concerns.
- Epilepsy and the Employer- Do you know the facts when it comes to hiring a person who has epilepsy?
Resources for Employees
- Employees’ Guide to Epilepsy in the Workplace – Looking for employment tips? From do’s and don’t's to transportation advice, this guide will keep you in the know.
- Epilepsy and the Employee – Do you have concerns about your epilepsy in the workplace?
- In Case of Discrimination - What should you do if you experience discrimination because of your epilepsy at work?
- Disclosure – What are the pros and cons of disclosing your epilepsy to your co-workers and employer?
- Preparing for a Job Interview – These tips and tricks will have you in top shape for your next job interview.