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The Disability Discrimination Act

This information about the Disability Discrimination Act applies to people in Northern Ireland. If you live in England, Scotland or Wales see our information about the Equality Act.

If you are looking for information about disability discrimination in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) first came into force in 1995. It is still in use by people in Northern Ireland, unlike England, Scotland and Wales, where the Equality Act protects people with disabilities. The DDA aims to reduce discrimination against disabled people. It says that disabled people shouldn’t be treated less well than non-disabled people.

Am I considered to be disabled if I have epilepsy?

You are likely to be classed as disabled by the Disability Discrimination Act if:

  • You have epilepsy that has a substantial effect on your day-to-day activities or
  • Your epilepsy would have a substantial effect if you were not taking your epilepsy medicine. A substantial effect might include being able to get around, hear, see, remember and concentrate or
  • You have a type of epilepsy that is not currently causing any problems or needs epilepsy medicine, but could come back or
  • Your epilepsy has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least 12 months

However, only a disability tribunal could say for certain whether your epilepsy means you  are classed as disabled under the Disability Discrimination Act, or not.

Event Date: 
Friday 13 May 2016 - 09:46

Epilepsy Action would like to thank Carl Graham, solicitor and partner in UK law firm DWF LLP for reviewing this information.

Carl Graham has declared no conflict of interest.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

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