Help with work and training
You can look for a job through your local Jobcentre Plus office, personal contacts, newspapers and websites adverts or employment agencies.
Jobcentre Plus offices have Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) who provide support to people with disabilities. They may be able to help with assessments, referral to schemes offering additional support, such as The Work and Health Programme.
They may have information on employers who are positive about employing people with disabilities, who are signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme.
If you are on benefits, you can ask your local Jobcentre Plus about how your benefits might be affected. Visit GOV.UK for more details.
Access to Work
Access to Work is a scheme that supports people who are disabled, or have a physical or mental health condition, who are in a paid job, or about to start a job. If you have particular needs at work because of your epilepsy, Access to Work may be able to help fund solutions. For example, an Access to Work grant could pay for equipment or extra support at work, or to help with the cost of getting to and from work if you are not able to drive or use public transport. See also help with travel costs.
Help with work, skills and training
Here are details of some organisations that may be useful when you are looking for work or making decisions about education or training.
- Disability Rights UK – information to support people with disabilities in education and training
- Jobcentre Plus – (Disability Employment Advisers) information on training and employment for people with disabilities.
- learndirect – information on learndirect centres and courses
- Local libraries and colleges – details of adult and further education courses. See your local phone book.
- My Plus Students' Club - website that helps students and graduates with disabilities to find work.
- National Extension College – information about open (distance) learning.
- Open University – information about open (distance) learning courses
- Shaw Trust – supports people with disabilities with getting work.
- Local volunteer bureau or Volunteering England – information about opportunities for voluntary work. Volunteering can give you new skills and can show your commitment and initiative.
Help with employment law and discrimination
If you feel that you have suffered from discrimination in employment, or you need other advice regarding your legal position at work, here are details of some organisations that can help.
- Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) – advice for employers and employees.
- Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – free confidential and independent advice.
- Disability Law Service – national charity offering free legal advice to individuals about the Equality Act and employment.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission – information promoting equality.
- Health and Safety Executive – guidance on health and safety legislation.
- The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) – information on pension schemes.
- Trade unions – contact the personnel or human resources department where you work. Most trade unions have positive policies on the employment of people with disabilities and can help in cases of discrimination.
Information produced: May 2021
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Having epilepsy does not necessarily stop someone from doing the job they want, but there are some issues which can affect them at work. Whether someone’s epilepsy affects their work depends on whether they have seizures, what their seizures are like and how often these happen.
Having epilepsy does not automatically entitle you to claim benefits. These are some of the benefits you may be eligible to apply for, depending on how your epilepsy affects you, and your financial situation.
To live full and active lives, and look after our physical and emotional wellbeing, we all need time to rest, relax and exercise. How we spend our leisure time is important and individual to us all, whether or not we have epilepsy.