People with epilepsy face employment bias

Updated: Monday, 11 Feb 2013 18:06

New research shows that nearly one in five people would not employ someone with epilepsy.

According to Epilepsy Ireland, most people believe there is still a stigma among the public attached to the condition.

Around one in every 20 people will have a single epilepsy seizure, at some time in their lives.

Over 37,000 people in Ireland over five years of age have a diagnosis of epilepsy.

While 43% of people know someone with the condition, one in ten would not stay, or would not be sure about staying with someone, until a seizure was over.

Epilepsy is the most common, serious neurological condition in Ireland.

Despite major advances in treatment, the survey shows that public awareness is poor and negative attitudes towards those with the condition are a major challenge for people affected.