The Epilepsy Foundation has compiled resources about finding employment, disclosing epilepsy, medical exams & questions, safety sensitive jobs, changing jobs and reasonable accommodations, while living with your epilepsy.
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS)
The mission of the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) is to work for and with individuals who have disabilities to achieve their employment, independence and economic goals. The Rehabilitation Services Bureau has 14 area offices and 32 service units across the state. View a statewide map of the IVRS offices.
Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Regional Workforce Partners joined forces to create and operate a Regional Workforce Development System. The goal of this system is to provide high quality employment services to all individuals. This system is designed to be able to improve accessibility for job seekers with or without disabilities. Each IowaWORKSCenter offers accommodations and assistive technology to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Job seekers disclosing a disability have access to additional services and supports. All IowaWORKS Centers are Social Security Administration-approved Employment Networks under the Ticket to Work program. This is one of many work incentives for beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) available through the Social Security Administration. Job seekers with a disability are invited to IowaWORKS Centers throughout Iowa and identify yourself as having Social Security benefits or a Ticket to Work when you come to the workforce center. Ticket to Work is one of many work incentives offered through Social Security. For more information, please contact your local IowaWORKS Center.
Disability Determination Services Bureau
The Disability Determination Services Bureau is responsible for determining the eligibility of Iowa residents who apply for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. Their site lists the eligibility criteria for epilepsy for adults when applying for disability (SSI or SSDI).
11.02 Epilepsy – convulsive epilepsy, (grand mal or psychomotor), documented by detailed description of a typical seizure pattern, including all associated phenomena; occurring more frequently than once a month, in spite of at least 3 months of prescribed treatment.
With: 1. Daytime episodes (loss of consciousness and convulsive seizures) or
2. Nocturnal episodes manifesting residuals which interfere significantly with activity during the day.
11.03 Epilepsy – nonconvulsive epilepsy (petit mal, psychomotor, or focal), documented by detailed description of a typical seizure pattern including all associated phenomena, occurring more frequently than once weekly in spite of at least 3 months of prescribed treatment. With alteration of awareness or loss of consciousness and transient postictal manifestations of unconventional behavior or significant interference with activity during the day.
There, you can also find the Disability Determination for Children when applying for disability.
Disability Rights Iowa (DRI) has resources, such as benefits planning to help you return to work. DRI also has a factsheet on employment discrimination, reasonable accommodations, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on About Disability Disclosure Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Interaction Between the ADA and FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) .
Find even more resources regarding Employment with Epilepsy from the Epilepsy Foundation.
General ADA Resources
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – Federal agency that enforces the employment provisions of the ADA
- Job Accommodation Network – The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the Department of Labor. JAN is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the ADA, and the employability of people with disabilities.
- U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – ODEP, formerly the President’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, is a federal agency in the Department of Labor established in 2001. Congress approved ODEP to provide leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities.
- U.S. Department of Justice – The ADA section provides a wealth of guidance on the ADA and links to federal agencies with responsibility for enforcing a variety of disability laws