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Work and epilepsy

Work and epilepsy coverThe information in this section is about looking for and staying in work if you have epilepsy. There is also information about your rights if things at work become difficult because of your epilepsy.

Work and epilepsy

  • Introduction
  • Am I considered to be disabled if I have epilepsy?

Looking for work

  • What type of work can I do?
  • Can a possible employer ask about my health?
  • Help in looking for work

Telling people at work about my epilepsy

If and when to tell your employer and colleagues about your epilepsy

Care plans, risk assessments and reasonable adjustments

  • Care plans for seizures at work
  • Health and safety risk assessments
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • People with epilepsy talk about their reasonable adjustments

Problems at work

  • What can I do if I have been treated unfairly at work?
  • How do I take legal action against someone who has treated me unfairly at work?
  • Staying in work

Useful organisations

Epilepsy in the workplace – a TUC guide


Our thanks

Epilepsy Action would like to thank Professor Sayeed Khan, Specialist in Occupational Medicine, Chief Medical Adviser to EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and Judith Hogarth, Solicitor, Excello Law, for their contribution.

This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated August 2018
    To be reviewed August 2020

Comments: read the 2 comments or add yours


Are there any organisations that offer help and support and possibly grants for young epilepsy sufferers to start their own business?

Submitted by Judi Porter on

Hi Judi

We don’t know of any organisations offering that service specifically for people with epilepsy. Scope has information about self-employment for disabled people which you may find useful. The Prince’s Trust offers support and funding to young people aged 18 to 30 with a business idea. And Turn2us have a grants search tool which you could use to search for grants in your area.

Finally the Access to Work scheme doesn’t help with general business start-up costs, but may help if you have any extra costs related to your epilepsy. For example, if you need help with the cost of transport to and from work because you can’t drive.

Best wishes


Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Grace-Epilepsy ... on

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