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How to support employees with epilepsy their caregivers and spouses at work

How to support employees with epilepsy their caregivers and spouses at work

A group coming together in support of epilepsy awareness. The group has their back to the camera as they walk forward with their arms around each others shoulders.

On Thursday, November 15th, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST, Getting Hired and the Epilepsy Foundation are teaming up during Epilepsy Awareness Month on an educational webinar!

Join our event to learn from the Epilepsy Foundation as they share tips on how employers can provide accommodations to job seekers with epilepsy, their caregivers and spouses.

What is epilepsy?

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, “Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition.”

Our webinar will begin with educating our audience on the spectrum of epilepsy and address the stigma around seizures. It’s important that inclusive organizations know the myths about epilepsy to help educate their employees in explaining how they can help prevent discrimination within our communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3.4 million people have epilepsy nationwide, which is why its important employers to know the spectrum and how to support this population in the workplace.

What are the top accommodations?

Our webinar will continue with the Epilepsy Foundation sharing top accommodations for epilepsy in the workplace, including the low cost for employers. As our inclusive employers are aware, all accommodations should be considered on a case-by-case basis with attention to the individual’s needs.

Join our webinar to learn the top accommodations as studies continue to show that employers report that providing accommodations results in:

  1. Increasing the retention of valuable employees in their business
  2. Improving productivity and morale for everyone
  3. Reducing workers’ compensation and training costs
  4. Improving company diversity

Tips for success in supporting job seekers with epilepsy

Our webinar will conclude with recommendations of how to set your employees with epilepsy up with success in your workplace. This can include but is not limited to:

  1. Implementing trainings for your hiring managers and recruiters
  2. Information on how to partner with the Epilepsy Foundation
  3. Signs to look out for that may indicate an individual has a disability (gaps in a resume, specific requests for accommodations) and the steps you can do to help them succeed

For more information about our webinar on November 15th, feel free to contact our team here. In the meantime, follow the Epilepsy Foundation on Twitter to learn more about the spectrum of Epilepsy and how it is already likely impacting your workforce.

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