I ask this question because, I have had quite a few people questioning me weather if teaching is actually the right career choice for me because, I have many medical issues in addition to epilepsy. Though according to them Epilepsy is a ''MAJOR'' medical condition. Because, of it I get suggested that It would probably be better If you worked one-on-one with a student like a paraprofessional/aide or you can work in a library you like to read. Why don't you go for architecture your really good at… read more
Unfortunately it does happen that employers take a dim view of those with epilepsy. In my 30 years of employment I was dismissed from employment on three occasions. Legally in Canada no one can be dismissed strictly because of a physical disability, but employers do have a way of masking their motives by invoking other reasons such as "corporate downsizing" or "organizational restructuring". I was released from my last job because, as a result of corrective surgery, I have a very limited short-term memory. As an accountant, department heads would require certain records and figures on an on-demand basis by appearing at my office door, making a request, and immediately retreating to their own office or out of the building altogether. By the time I could mentally switch gears I would have forgotten the particulars of their request or that a request had even been made. Needless to say, when they would return to retrieve their information I would often have no recollection that they had even asked me for anything. Of course the problem could have been resolved if they would have handed me a written memo that I would have kept in a file and resolved on a first-come first-served basis but it seemed easier to those in management to simply label me as incompetent and terminate my employment.
Subsequent to my termination whenever a prospective employer would check with my previous employer regarding my work ethic they would be informed of my incompetence. After several months of unsuccessful job search, I decided to apply for a disability pension. Thankfully that was a success.
Please remember although you have Epilepsy you have to do what you feel is right for you. I use to teach Kindergarten with OUSD and 3 grade with a Montessori on the weekends after my first seizure, I didn't have a choice to choose your lucky. I was let go stated I'm a liability to the children at first I was upset, but after seeing my family and friends reaction to my seizures I self determined it might be to traumatic for the children. Now I have a 5 year old of my own and I hear him say mom I thought your were dead and I'd never see you again I think I made the right choice for me.
Just make sure that the job you apply for has no restrictions that could be used as an excuse for them not to hire you. As I stated before, my working at casinos has been a rewarding one. But that just ended as of September 1st. The reason they stated was that the restrictions the Dr had was for me not to climb high ladders. That has nothing to do with a job as a bartender, but its in their policy. As much as I fought it, I also thought about the time I'll be taking off because of the upcoming surgery. I've also applied for SSDI so I won't be stuck trying to get by as I recover. While I must say that the last casino I've been at is the best, their policy sucks. So, here I am, waiting for another 2 weeks to hear when the surgery will be. Meanwhile, waiting for my 401-K info to get here, so I can show it to the SSA. It's only $1700, which I'll have to take with a fee, but no one in political positions wants to help. Wrote to congressman, governor, and others for help, but I don't qualify because my wife's disability is directed to me once a month. Just enough to pay 3 weeks at the motel I live at. I still owe for two weeks now. But no one can do anything while I'm in the hospital, (I hope), and I will try for help while there and next week when I have a psychologist who makes house calls comes by. I will also be getting in touch with the EFA today. I tried for ride help from the ADA but the rides are from the local bus company who says I'm too far from the route. But I'll make it. Made it through 46 years of seizures so far. Good luck on that end.
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