Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Study: Many With Epilepsy Fear Workplace Discrimination
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 12, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA--Many people with epilepsy avoid looking for or applying for jobs because they fear workplace discrimination, a University of Florida study has found.

Researchers interviewed nearly 300 people in Florida and Georgia last year and asked them, among other things, whether they were working and, if they were not, why.

They found that a fear of discrimination based on their epilepsy was the number one reason given for unemployment. The researchers did not examine whether or not there had, in fact, been discrimination.

In a press statement, the study's principal author Dr. Ramon Bautista said that they were not surprised to find that people with epilepsy had avoided work, but that the study "shows that if they perceive they are discriminated against at work, they're not going to work -- whether rightly or wrongly."

"Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of one's disability, there are still employers who may think twice about hiring someone with epilepsy," he added.

"UF study reveals fear of discrimination keeps many people with epilepsy out of the workplace"


©2018 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.