Full course description
Pre-recorded webinar: Epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder is a neurological condition which affects the nervous system. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, approximately 150 thousand people are diagnosed with epilepsy in the US each year. Although studies have shown that employment is a significant determinant of quality of life for people with epilepsy, those with the condition have a disproportionately higher rate of unemployment and underemployment than the general population. Some of the reasons for this phenomenon include seizure episodes, negative side effects of medications, cognitive impairments resulting from seizures, lack of access to transportation, and public misconceptions about the disorder. Poor job matching and lack of vocational support further limit the ability of people with epilepsy to obtain and maintain employment. Given the importance of gainful employment in every individual’s life, this presentation will discuss vocational rehabilitation of people with epilepsy, in particular, how to best help them effectively participate in the world of work.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Know the relationship between the different types of epilepsy and employability.
2. Identify the unique vocational challenges people with epilepsy face
3. Identify potential employment opportunities in the community
4. Educate potential employers on the employment of people with epilepsy
Presenter: Ben Kinyanjui