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Leonard (@jakedduck1)

Stigma and Epilepsy (or any stigma)

Epilepsy & Seizures | Last Active: Jul 1, 2020 | Replies (24)

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Good morning,
I'm sorry to hear you had to experience the indignities of stigma. When you were fired was it before enactment of the ADA (American disabilities act) of 1990?
Since it's enactment anyone with a disability can't be fired as long as they were able to execute their required job duties. It also applies to the application process but businesses still find ways to wiggle out of hiring and firing people with Epilepsy. I don’t know what it’s like to be fired from a job but I know what it’s like not to be hired based solely on having epilepsy.
When I applied for a job in 1971 I must have put on my application I have epilepsy. When the lady asked me I said ”yes,” she tore my application in half and said, ”we don't hire cripples.”
It's too bad people must hide an illness for fear of being ostracized but it happens all the time.
I tell people and they can either except it or not. If they choose not to I figure they aren’t worthy of my friendship anyway.
Take care,

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I'm sorry to hear you had an employer refuse to hire you based upon being disabled. I do not recall when I was fired but I do know that years later when I saw an attorney regarding a different case he said he would have taken the case when I was fired. I didn't sue at that time I was fired because I had a mother who didn't stand up for herself. Today I don't let anyone step on me! They take responsibility for what they do.
As far as completing job applications (all which are online) when it asks do you have a disability I always choose the choice that says "I do not wish to say." I will not reveal to an employer my epilepsy. I only told an employer after being hired when I worked in a Brain Injury
Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute.


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