New research in Ireland has shown that nearly 20 per cent of people would not give someone with epilepsy a job. The survey by Epilepsy Ireland questioned more than 1,000 people aged over 18.
When asked if they would employ a person with epilepsy, given the choice, only 63 per cent of people said yes. Nineteen per cent said that they would not employ someone with epilepsy, while 18 per cent were not sure. Of the people questioned, those who knew somebody with epilepsy were more likely to answer ‘yes’.
Peter Murphy, Deputy Chief Executive at Epilepsy Ireland said: “Myths, misconceptions, fear and discrimination still surround epilepsy, often causing more distress than the condition itself and having a huge impact on people's quality of life.
“People with epilepsy can work successfully, have a family, drive, play sports and make the same positive contribution to society as we all do.”
The results to the survey show that, despite around 37,000 people being diagnosed with epilepsy in Ireland, public understanding is still poor.