Despite great progress, stigma surrounding epilepsy continues to fuel discrimination. This can isolate people with epilepsy from the mainstream of society and create formidable barriers in many areas of life including education, employment, transportation and community engagement.
Fortunately, many civil rights laws including the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA), Fair Housing Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) exist that promote equal access for people with disabilities including epilepsy.
Contact our office if you or a loved one is experiencing discrimination as a result of epilepsy and we can direct you to the appropriate community resource.
Epilepsy Discrimination Resources
Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO)
The mission of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is to eliminate discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education.Learn More
Epilepsy Foundation of America Legal Defense Fund
Their mission is to end epilepsy-related discrimination and injustice through education and increased access to legal services for individuals with epilepsy — through a system of managed referrals and legal support to a nationwide network of attorneys committed to this cause.Learn More
Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc.
Statewide Legal Services is a telephone hotline helping callers with legal problems in Connecticut. We talk to callers about many different non-criminal legal problems. Some of the problems we can talk to you about include family, employment, public benefits, housing and consumer problems like bankruptcy.Learn More
Americans with Disabilities Act Coalition of Connecticut (ADACC)
Your CT Affiliate for all things ADA.Learn More
U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division
General ADA information and sources as well as specific employment related publications and information.Learn More