Can epileptics serve in the military?

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Can epileptics serve in the military?

Practically speaking, it appears that although the regulations no longer state that development of a seizure disorder is automatic grounds for separation, a person with a seizure disorder is unlikely to stay in the military.

Q. Can I get a job if I have epilepsy?

Employers cannot legally refuse to give you a job just because you have epilepsy. However, they need to consider your epilepsy, and what the job involves, to ensure your safety and that of other employees.

Q. What professionals help people with epilepsy?

Professionals found at epilepsy centers may include: epilepsy nurses, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians, and neurosurgeons in addition to their epileptologist.

Q. Can an employer fire you for having epilepsy?

Can I be fired for having epilepsy? You cannot be fired for having epilepsy. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the employment of a qualified individual with a disability who can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Q. What jobs can I not do with epilepsy?

If you have seizures, you may not be able to do jobs that risk your safety or the safety of other people….These include:

  • jobs that involve driving.
  • working at heights, near open water or fire.
  • working with unguarded machinery.

Q. What are the complications of epilepsy?

Possible Complications Difficulty learning. Breathing in food or saliva into the lungs during a seizure, which can cause aspiration pneumonia. Injury from falls, bumps, self-inflicted bites, driving or operating machinery during a seizure. Permanent brain damage (stroke or other damage)

Q. How do you live on your own with epilepsy?

5 Steps to Take If You Live Alone with Epilepsy

  1. Have a seizure response plan. A seizure response plan helps those around you know what to do.
  2. Prepare your living area.
  3. Know your triggers.
  4. Make lifestyle changes.
  5. Install an alarm or emergency device.

Q. Should I tell my boss I have epilepsy?

Health and Safety at Work Act If your epilepsy could cause a health or safety risk to you or anybody else, you must tell your employer about it. This is the law.

Q. Is epilepsy considered a disability?

Medically Qualifying for Disability Benefits Due to Epilepsy Epilepsy is one of the conditions listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book, which means that if you meet the requirements in the Blue Book listing for epilepsy you may be able to get disability benefits.

Q. Can a person with epilepsy get a job?

Many people with epilepsy are likely able to work any kind of job that interests them and matches their personal skill sets, especially if they have good control and management of their seizures.

Q. What are the barriers to employment for people with epilepsy?

The IES found that one of the biggest barriers to employment was a lack of understanding of epilepsy. Many employers were unaware of the different ways that epilepsy can affect different people.

Q. How many people with epilepsy work in the UK?

By comparison, the overall rate of employment in the UK is around 76%. This means that just over three quarters of working age people have a job.This situation is unacceptable. Epilepsy Action is campaigning for more support to help people with epilepsy to find, and stay in, work.

Q. What can Epilepsy Action do to help people?

Epilepsy Action is campaigning for more support to help people with epilepsy to find, and stay in, work. We are calling on both the government and employers to take positive, immediate action to ensure people with epilepsy are not unfairly disadvantaged in the job market.

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